This article, written by Fr. Matthew MacDonald for Catholic World Report is, perhaps, one of the best articles that I have read in a long time. It is well worth the read!!
One of the major box office hits in 1999 was the Wachowski Brothers’ film The Matrix. A famous scene in the film is when Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) offers Neo (Keanu Reeves) a choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The concept of choosing the red pill or “red-pilling” refers to the journey of personal realization and integration of the full truth of reality, beyond one’s personal preferences and experiences alone. In the movie, the choice of the red pill or the blue pill has its consequences. The choice of the blue pill brings about a life of ignorance and confined comfort and slavery within the façade of the digital dream world to machines that is the Matrix. The choice of the red pill, however, will free Neo from the enslavement of the Matrix. This would be a path towards an uncertain, unstable future, living the full truth of reality in all of its raw difficulty. Neo chooses the red pill and Morpheus serves as a guide for Neo in adjusting to the harshness of this new reality, helping him to become “the chosen one” that he was destined to be.
This “red pill/blue pill” analogy is an apt description of a spiritual journey taking place today in the lives of many Catholics. This awakening is marked by a coming to terms of these Catholics with the truth of the reality of the sin, evil, and corruption presently infecting the human nature of the Church. Examples of this infection manifest through teaching errors in faith and morals, banal liturgies in parishes, and the failure by some of the Church’s pastors and lay members in leadership positions—to say nothing of the clerical sex abuse scandals in recent years.
Carlos Bérsabe over at WCAT Radio interviewed me today. We discussed Archbishop Viganò’s recent interview with Dies Irae wherein he discussed, in part, the third part of the secret of Fátima.
Viganò claims that the third part remains secret today.
Here is the interview with Carlos wherein I call into question Archbishop Viganò’s understanding of the facts.
Please be advised that for the context of my remarks, you need to listen to the entire 71 minutes.
If you, however, do not have that time and just want my remarks on Viganò proper, jump to the 46:20 mark.
Lastly, I try to be gentle with Viganò overall because I truly understand his situation.
Because, however, he is just plain wrong about a number of things, I have to point out the fact and I do so in very clear and direct language.
St. Paul Street Evangelization has invited me to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet as part of an ongoing podcast/webinar series during COVID-19.
Afterwards, we will be talking about the St. Michael prayer and Pope Leo XIII in relation to my book. I’d like to invite you to join us today at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.