Hard to explain, but ...
The Pope has been talking about Freemasons and the Knights of Malta. What does it mean?
Over the years I pretty much dismissed the threat of Freemasonry and the Church, and all the infiltration stories on anti-Christian movements of the 20th century - but lately, these things seem to be making more sense. Like I said - it's hard to explain.
Except: New Age spirituality - Theosophy - goes hand in hand with Freemasonry, that fact I did recognize ... but what does it mean in the wider view of things? Universally - in a Catholic sense? Globally - in a political sense? Bigly - in an American sense?
This year there is much talk online about the Leonine vision and subsequent prayer to St. Michael. I now wonder if I was too dismissive of that? Especially since Fr. Scanlon and Monsignor Pope have been discussing it's significance as regards the Fatima Centenary? Is an era ending? Is something going to happen? What about the Knights of Malta and Freemasonry? The Pope instructed Cardinal Burke to purge them from the Order. The Pope has discussed Freemasonry. I can't recall that his immediate predecessors had ever done so. I could be wrong.
So. Freemasonry, the occult, the New Age, the Golden Dawn, Theosophy, Rosicrucianism, and all things related have been brought to my attention again. It may not be just a conspiracy theory after all, huh? Undoubtedly it has played a big role in forming the so-called 'New World Order' and cultural mindset ... going back, way back - but most stridently and significantly to the mid-20th century - and for sure, pretty much realized by the 1960's. Remember Sr. Lucia said she chose the date 1960 to reveal the final part of the secret, 'because then it would seem clearer' - we would understand it better. I think we must.
I may have been too dismissive then? Perhaps something will happen by the end of the Fatima Jubilee year? Perhaps this is the conclusion of the Leonine prophecy? I don't know.
Pop cultures has been deeply influenced by all of this - no doubt about it. Rock especially. Consider The Beatles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin - on and on. A friend sent me an interesting link on David Bowie and the influence of Kabbalah, Gnosticism, and Crowley in his life and work. (Link)
It's nothing to be afraid of - but it may explain what has happened and the times we are living through.
"Things are getting desperate in our keep."
Ooh ... it makes me wonder.