The prophet Isaiah, in the Old Testament, warned the Hebrews, "Woe to you who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light, and light for darkness; who exchange bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
People today have nearly instantaneous access to almost limitless information, a feature of the information age and unequaled in the history of the world. Despite that, many people are befuddled regarding political, social and moral matters — especially religious matters.
Sister Lúcia, the last surviving seer from the 1917 Fatima apparitions, had important things to say about modern confusion, calling it "diabolical disorientation." In a 1971 letter to her nephew, Lúcia counsels:
I see by your letter that you are preoccupied by the disorientation of our time. It is indeed sad that so many persons let themselves be dominated by the diabolical wave sweeping over the world, and that they are blinded to the point of being incapable of seeing error!
With the likes of sodomy advocate Fr. James Martin, S.J. being allowed by his Jesuit superiors to be the poster boy for "made that way" homosexual theology, it's no wonder that so many people can still be considered Catholic while being OK with same-sex sexual relationships.
The bishops' relative silence on the evil of abortion and support of illegal immigration, gun control and leftist social policies also causes people like Joe Biden to claim he is a good Catholic.
The Church, which is supposed to be a haven of unity and clarity of teaching, has joined the world in pushing out doctrines that seem to change with the times.
But Catholics have been prepared by Our Lady, herself, for these times of confusion. In another letter, Sr. Lúcia gives her friend the solution to diabolical disorientation, admonishing:
People must recite the Rosary every day. Our Lady repeated this in all her apparitions as if to arm us in advance against these times of diabolical disorientation, so that we would not let ourselves be fooled by false doctrines, and that through prayer, the elevation of our soul to God would not be diminished.
Seeking out good and faithful priests, reading the writings of the saints, and praying the Rosary daily will bring a person far in staying in the Faith in these confusing times.