I have a theological idea from typology and wanted to see what some people might think.
In Michael Brown’s Book, The Final Hour, it discusses an apparition that occurred more or less around the time of the promulgation of the dogma of the Assumption (1950?). It is the story of a man named Bruno who was a rather ‘brute’ man, prone to abusing his wife, who prayed for him much and finally persuaded him to do the First Fridays. Well, some time after Bruno had finally completed the First Fridays, he became a raging, anti-Catholic Fundamentalist, and constantly attacked the Church’s Marian teachings.
Finally, on the day that was scheduled for the Pope to solemnly proclaim the dogma of the Assumption, Bruno was actually in Rome at a park and planning to murder the Pope. He had brought his children with him to this park, which, incidentally, was the site of the traditional place where our dear Apostle, St. Paul, had been martyred. There also happened to be a small grotto there, a place that had been made unholy by the widespread practice of immorality. Well, from what I gather, his kids were playing near it, and suddenly, they ran to Bruno and told him that there was a beautiful lady in the grotto. Finally, Bruno came. Bruno claims then that Our Lady lovingly rebuked him and said, “Come now, stop this nonsense, what you have done (the Nine FF’s) has saved you.” and she reached out and removed what were like to Bruno scales from his eyes. Our Lady then began to confirm to him that she was indeed Conceived Immaculately and Assumed into Heaven.
From that time on, Bruno worked tirelessly to help bring Protestants into the Church.
The reason I bring this up is because I perceive a great parallel: are not modern-day, anti-BVM Fundamentalists a “type” of Saul (the one who became St. Paul)? Look at the parallels: Saul was a Pharisee, a type of the Jew whose hard heart kept him from recognizing the love of his Savior Jesus. Now, in these days of the mystics’ prophesied minor apostasy, do not anti-BVM Fundamentalists represent a type of Saul, those who cannot accept the love and graces of their Mother because of a similar hard-heartedness? And is it just a coincidence that scales fell from Bruno’s eyes in much the same way that they did from St. Paul’s upon conversion? Indeed, the general set of the same mystics prophesy that after the minor apostasy and conditional minor trib, Christians will be reunited, that is, the “scales” will fall from the non-Catholic Christians’ eyes who have rejected the care and love of their Mother, in the same way that St. Paul came to see the love of Our Savior, Jesus.
Well, this is just a thought.