When Jesus preached about the coming Kingdom of Heaven, the people of Israel couldn’t hear the message. They had so deeply rationalized their faith that their hearts turned into dead stones. As Jesus noticed, “You know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t read the signs of the times.” (Mt 16:3)
Catholics today are much like the Jews 2000 years ago. With all the intellectual richness that Church theologians have left us, we have allowed for the law of God to turn into a dead stone. We rationalized all aspects of faith to such a degree that all of a sudden the truth is no longer living in our hearts. We could not defend our claims when enlightenment philosophers started to demolish the walls of the Church. For the past two centuries we have slowly designed our own collapse and now is the highest time to revivify our father from the belly of the beast. As Christ continued, “A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” (Mt 16:4)
When pride creeps into our minds only confrontation with a monster is what helps us see the world in a new light. A man has to be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. This means that the road to heaven leads through hell. And are we Catholics ready to take the swords of truth and face ultimate evil? For now, we behave like hobbits living in our comfy houses complaining about how miserable life has become. We sit indifferently while a huge beast is destroying the western civilization. Call to adventure is needed!
And fortunately, God gives us prophets like Jordan Peterson. I believe he reintroduced our generation to a natural, religious mode of thinking. In our lives, we can only orient ourselves properly if we understand the underlying symbolic meaning of reality. Even though we are proudly becoming increasingly intellectual our minds cry for the meaning of existence. Now there is no more time to waste. With help of our prophets, we need to translate biblical symbolism into a meaningful and practical vision of the world in order to avoid unnecessary suffering in the future.
We live in the times of chaos. Things are falling apart. The margin is being squeezed by excessive control of central authority. Monsters are slowly creeping out from their natural habitat. The Great Babylon is collapsing. We are witnessing a fall of yet another corrupt system but this time it is different because it happens worldwide. Once it collapses it will take down all the nation states with it. Next crisis will be so big that it might just as well be the last one.
But in this grim outlook, there is also a lot of hope. The new media is all about truth, authenticity, and decentralization. It looks like the long-anticipated revival of Logos is finally coming. A crisis might be just what we need for our civilization to be born again. Take courage and be prepared. When the time comes let the truth be your sword in the belly of the beast. Great treasure is at hand!