This priest plays the criminal for fun. Reviewing saving the beaten woman.

situational awareness color codeLong ago in my priesthood I realized that the best way to be a good and holy priest (I’m still working on that, understatement of the year) is to play the criminal all the time. I’m forever explaining to people that I can see myself as being verification of the aphorism that goes “There (in that criminal way), but for the grace of God go I.” And because of that, I’m instantly aware of what people are up to; I’m not blind to all that which is bad and evil because I know that, but for the grace of God, I could be just like that.

If you congratulate yourself as a nice person – the Italians say persona per bene – you’re always in the white zone of situational awareness, you know, like the three monkeys covering eyes and ears and mouth, making sure that you’re the next victim of a criminal, who is, instead, thinking like a criminal. Criminals look for nice people, for those who oblivious to them. Sure, we’re to see the best in others, but to do that you also have to notice a couple of things: (1) any good in any of us is only because of God; (2) any one of us could slip from whatever goodness into crucifying the Son of the Living God. Be realistic. Criminals are always looking for nice people to be their next victims.

The yellow zone in situational awareness jacks things up just a bit, where you’re aware of ways to escape and deescalate any situation or conditions that you’re in. This can be a bit tiresome since so much of the time nothing happens. So, the way to make this fun is to play the part of the criminal and look for people who are in the white zone, noting how dangerous that is. People, looking at their phones, will walk right into light poles (I’ve seen it many times) or right out into traffic without looking (I’ve seen that too). But in this way you also instantly see others who are situationally aware, whether good guys being dutiful or criminals looking for targets. Good guys are obviously (to me) military or law enforcement. Situational awareness is a way of life. Very few civilians are in anything other than the white zone of oblivion, and have to go from zero to one hundred, from white to red (fight or flight). This means that they have no time with level orange, assessing a particular individual or group because of signals they are providing of their dangerous intentions. There is no extra time to reconsider paths of escape or how to fight the fight.

Thinking like the criminal is not to fall into the trap of having a darkened eye so that the whole soul is filled with darkness, which our dear Lord warns us against. What our Lord condemned is being so much in the totally self righteous zone that all those criminals and sinners (everyone else without exception) are held to be totally inept even at being criminals and sinners. Such a person is so dismissive of all others that they think they have no need for any situational awareness, not even of one’s own criminal soul in the face of God’s fierce judgment.

Playing the criminal, as it were, so to speak, for situational awareness, is actually a service to be able to help others out because you know where they are at.

About that lady who suffered a beating from her “boyfriend” the other day (Domestic battery on woman)…

I spoke about my intervention with a number of others who are well aware of guns and tactics and deescalation and prudence and they agreed that I had done the best I could in the situation. Even if I didn’t have any doubts about that, it is always good to get the insight of others in such events. When I heard the screaming I could have just left and pretend I didn’t hear anything, just shaking my head and thinking it’s all sad, but that’s the end of that. I just can’t.

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Homily 2018 09 24 – Truth! Or else!

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Amidst the chaos edition)

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Meanwhile, amidst all the chaos, with all hell broken out, some flowers to give to the Immaculate Conception. These are out front of the Church. Inside the Church, on the very day this picture was taken, just the other day, all hell broke out. Call to mind that Holy Mass is the Last Supper which is united to Calvary: This is my body being handed over right now in sacrifice; this is my blood right now being poured out for the many in sacrifice. All of hell was broken out on Calvary, and it is at the Last Supper that Satan entered into Judas. All that, in your calm, peaceful Mass at your parish Church. Mary knows all about it. She was there. It will happen again today at Mass. So, flowers for you, dearest Immaculate Conception.

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Fr Paul Kalchik’s open letter to Francis

Here. I am taken by the very last word of this letter, after his signature.

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Cardinal Cupich, LGBTQ flag, Fr Kalchik Resurrection Parish, St Luke Institute

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Father Dwight Longenecker has a great analysis of the story brought out by Michael Voris at Church Militant. Father Dwight’s comment is HERE.

Having read Father Dwight’s excellent presentation there are some other points to consider:

  • Weaponizing psychiatric evaluation (or six month psycho-sexual ordeal) so that no evangelization of the Sign of Contradiction, wherein Jesus is the One, the only One, is not possible, is itself a sign of a criminal abuse of power on so very many levels.
  • Any psychiatrist, any institute which allows indeed welcomes the weaponizing of psychiatric evaluation for political agendas such as making bishops look like heroes tends to discredit all psychiatric evaluation, making all psychiatry odious and suspect. It doesn’t help that most each institute has been politicized, even being founded for that express purpose.
  • Saint Luke Institute was founded by those of the homosexualist agenda, who have homosexualist policies and homosexualist methods. For instance, the use of pornography of all kinds, including that of children, to “discover” the proclivities of an individual, even though this has been discredited for some forty years, and even though this method is in itself criminal, and even though this method is mortally sinful for the bishops who send people to such a place, and for the administration, and for the staff, and for the subjects. This methodology was spoken about repeatedly by the John Jay Report (look it up for yourselves), but the bishops still support this kind of sexual raping of their own priests. As I’ve said before, the bishops probably get video tapes of such sessions. This has to stop. Saint Luke Institute is not the only one. Many others come to mind, including one where the two priests involved in providing this methodology in one such institute left the priesthood, moved to Hawaii, and got married to each other.

One could go on adding a thousand other points about all this, including that of massive financial manipulations.

But what I would like to add here as well concerns the ambiguous alleged history of incidents of this priest that is not appreciated by the Archdiocese of Chicago. I bet you that these are categorized as his not being a “team player,” his not being a “man of consensus,” etc., because, just guessing, this priest does not promote a change in church teaching on the evils of LGBTQ gender bending, does not promote womens ordination, does not promote gay marriage, does not promote abortion on demand, does not promote sacrilege of all kinds, etc.

One last thing, as Father Dwight points out, two thugs were sent by Cupich who presented Father Kalchick with a death threat. The death threat was witnessed. Father Kalchick is now in hiding, just like Viganò. There is no due process. Just the murder of those who go against the homosexualist bullying. We recall the recent murder of whistle blower Father Joseph F. Moreno, Jr. of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Just to say, I’ve been calling out people for a long time on their sensationalist statements that this is all a pedophilia crisis when manifestly by all accounts it is a homosexualist crisis, that is, a using of homosexuality for aggressive bullying. Anything can be used for aggressive bullying. It’s true, Saint Paul goes after aggressively purposed homosexualist bullying as having a final result in violence (see Romans 1:18 to the end of that chapter), but I would like to point out in a way that is not inconsistent with that inspired statement of Saint Paul that, in the end, violent bullying is all about lust for power, ultimately, a share in demonic power. But the purveyors of demonic power will find out that Satan doesn’t share anything, least of all his “power.”

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Domestic battery on woman

Situational awareness is nothing without a piece of mind…

Just now, after Saturday evening Confessions, I went outside to the parking lot and heard screaming, like a guy beating a young lady into submission. She came running by the church and I offered her a ride away from the violence. He then started chasing after the both of us. I brought her to the police, who noticed he had been beating on her face. He let her stay with them until the sheriff showed up. She was happy to be safe.

I asked the neighbor lady about it and she said it had been going on all day. “Stop it!” the victim would scream.

You just never know when you’ll be called upon. I was confident to help her because I had a piece of mind. I didn’t need it. But everyone has a piece of mind around here. Do you? Do you practice?

Anyway, time for Confessions and Mass again.

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Update: Packages given to Pope Francis – Most Holy Father: Thank you!

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Package One: Concerning that which goes to the very heart of the McCarrick fiasco the entire dire situation brought to the Holy Father as presented by this package was for himself utterly reversed and put in good order. That’s most stunning in itself, that in which one can rejoice for the good of the priesthood, for the good of the Church. The one involved was burdened with the weight of the universe and that weight has been lifted. But there’s more. The Holy Father caused this to be brought about by those involved with a manner that truly restorative, wrought with a profound ecclesial sense, majestic, really, with apologies, and bringing a sense of the presence of the angels and of our Lord Himself. The blessed Immaculate Virgin was also mentioned. Devout. Pious. Humble. A motive for joy. Thank you, Holy Father, for making this come about. Awesome.

Package Two: This may have instigated an investigation in a most unexpected place with the most unexpected persons. If so, this may have blown out of the water and merely temporarily nixed any more generalized Apostolic Visitation to these United States so as to examine the actions or benign neglect of any bishops across the board. Temporarily.

Apologies: If I was a little bold in putting this before the Holy Father accompanied by a request that was unexpectedly unnecessary – mea culpa – then, in that case of being little too bold, mi pento e mi dolgo con tutto il cuore. However, it might be noticed that the weeks clicked by without me doing anything else whatsoever, just waiting on the Holy Father to do His thing. And he did.

An extra bit in which to rejoice: As some things played out, a particular name of a particular Archbishop, one with whom I am presently involved in certain matters (not a diplomat) came to the fore in a most significant way. Very impressive, very heartening. Awesome.

As I might have said before on this blog, also in regard to the Holy Father:

Nothing is as it seems!

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Day Off at the hermitage: the most protected air space in the world

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I had just arrived at the hermitage on my day off this past week when a storm of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks came thundering over, seemingly causing earthquakes. This is the usual experience as this exact spot is where one might set up a chair and watch an airshow of all that which is old and new and experimental of anything directly or remotely related to the military or our intelligence services, well, if the thick forest canopy didn’t block one’s view.

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One might also see some version of Boeing’s Attack Helicopter 64 Apache:

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Or a Bell Attack Helicopter 1W Super Cobra:

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Or, if you’re lucky, you might even see General Atomics’ Gray Eagle derivative of their MQ-1 Predator attack drone:

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Sadly, a Boeing CH-47 Chinook crashed out some years ago near to the hermitage:

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Outside of these guys, planes or all sorts also use this flight path, including Boeing’s FA 18 of whatever version:

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Just because the hermitage is on the most remote ridge of the Smoky Mountains doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have what is perhaps by far the most protected airspace in the world. As I understand it, there are, above, fully nine levels of military experimental airspace. Almost an Area 51.

But that’s NOT why it’s the most protected air space. Instead, the angels are there.

 

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Roasting on an open fire edition)

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These were seen near the hermitage this past Tuesday. It’s late September. The chestnuts are maturing. Christmas is coming soon. Christmas is all about Mary’s Divine Son. Surely a branch with some chestnuts in a bouquet for the Immaculate Conception is most appropriate.

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Our Courageous Seminarians: Happy to be called to the hell of Calvary in solidarity with Jesus. Beatitude!

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So many! Might you pray in solidarity with them as they follow our Lord’s call even while all of hell is unleashed? Here, then, is the prayer:

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In the midst of the present crisis we’re trying to do right by our Lord Jesus, building our own seminary to do this.

All our big donors for the seminary – who do their research – have said that things have changed because of the present crisis, saying that because of all the horrible news and the lackadaisical attitude to be found pretty much everywhere about faith and morals, from seminaries to priests to bishops all the way to Rome, they have changed their minds on their big donations.

Instead of donating what they promised, because, they said, we’re trying our best to do the right thing in every way, they are all going to double their donations. That means, from $500,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 for one donor, and so it went with the others.

Here in the diocese of Charlotte, we’re doubling down, entrenching with our Lord Jesus. More attendance at Mass. More Confessions. More Adoration. More vocations. And after that, more vocations again.

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Homily 2018 09 21 – Matthew: Who, me? Having fun preaching because…

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The Lord Jesus has a fierce expression on His face: “It’s you!” But Matthew the tax collector is feigning doubt: “Oh, but you surely mean this other guy, right?”

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We can be such a fickle crowd. Christ our God is mighty patient with us.

He was overwhelmed with his own sin and repented in a way as mighty as the grace of God that was with him.

He would go on to write something in his Gospel that is simply stunning about the mercy that was shown to him, the extent of that mercy, how far reaching, how much our Lord is enthusiastic to get us to heaven. In this writing, he is ironic, incisive, with an almost mischievous triumphalism in humble thanksgiving to our Lord. What he wrote is this:

That should just throw us right down to our knees in humble thanksgiving to the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Prince of the Most Profound Peace, who will come to judge the living and dead and the world by fire. Amen.

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Not Obama-phone: We’re Trumped! Fail: We’ll try again 3 October…

Update: A note came in from a reader saying that no “Presidential Alert” came through. I checked my own phones: no trace of any alert there, and I know at least one works, because an amber alert came through just the day before on one of the phones. I asked around and no one I know got the alert. So, was this a fail? ///////

Update again: I guess this was a fail of some kind. A reader says that there will be another try on October 3. ///////

The United States Federal government will test an emergency broadcast system on Thursday at approximately 2:18 pm EDT.

All US based cell phones will receive a text message from this system. The text will display a subject line, “Presidential Alert”. The body of the text will read:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

/// I remember an Obamanite during the years of that administration who set up a table in the parking lot of the soup kitchen in town and was failing in trying to force government phones on all and sundry, including yours truly:

  • “Just take it.”
  • “But I got a phone already.”
  • “That doesn’t matter.”
  • “But the government owns the phone, so everything that’s done with it is owned by the government, right?”
  • “…splutter splutter splutter…”

/// Instead, this is a great use for cell phones by the government. I like it. Very useful. Communications are just about everything in an emergency. Gotta wonder about security for cell towers.

/// When I was a kid, we used to have emergency alert sirens for air raids and tornadoes. Everyone got super nervous if the siren didn’t go off at exactly 12:00 Noon on Wednesdays only.

/// When I was tiny little kid, in first grade, the Benedictine nuns at school taught us how to be safe during an attack using atom bombs as they were called. We were to hide under our school desks. She apologized for this being a little difficult for us since we had “rail desks” which didn’t leave much space for anything but feet under desks. She would be our emergency broadcast system.

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Speaking against priests retirement assessment and what happened then

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Donkeys are often the Shepherds of Sheep because they kill the wolves.

This past weekend we started taking up a second collection for priests retirement, which is an obligatory assessment proportionally burdening parishes as stipulated by the “central administration” of Charlotte Diocese.

I told everyone that I totally DISagree with this collection as it should be totally unnecessary. “Just my opinion,” I said, “but I don’t think priests should ever retire. I think they should be martyrs.” My “tone” was that of encouragement for priests.

Of course there was laughter with that statement as I had preached rather ferociously about the present crisis. The laughter means that they agreed. ;-) But, of course, they know that such a grace is up to our Lord’s providence, so they contributed with generosity to the retirement fund. Priests are humbled with this lay led shepherding of the older donkeys shepherds.

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Conquering today’s demonic abuse of power with hellfire? Yep!

Today’s crisis is all about abuse of power. In our fallen state and without grace we think free will is power over God Himself. We can in fact choose to destroy the image of God: male and female God created them, in the image of God God created them. Male and female was rejected for sex without procreation, making sex about pieces of meat only, so why not same-sex sex? And why not smash down youngsters just when they are able to procreate so as to pervert them into a lust after the power to think one can trounce God by destroying the image of God as male and female? Today’s crisis. It’s about abuse of power. It’s about arrogance challenging God Himself.

People see this abuse of power as hell fire setting people ablaze with demonic machinations of mind games about what is to be bullied into being acceptable and tolerated until it is celebrated. And so it is.

And people fight this often on the same level, lowering themselves to the demonic mind games of bullying, just trying to be louder and more obnoxious. But that gets no one anywhere except perhaps hell. Let’s take a 24 second caricature of a caricature of the burning fires of hell:

As was mentioned on this blog a couple years back, sometimes people think that the fires of hell mean real fire (only), because they are afraid of WHO that fire actually is, namely, God, that is, God’s love. Yes, in hell. It’s not universal salvationistic-esque to say that God loves all regardless of whether or not they love Him, regardless of whether they are in heaven or in hell or here upon this earth for that matter. The difference involves the reception of that love or not:

  • Those in heaven rejoice in this ardent fiery love.
  • Those on earth who follow Jesus are purified by this fiery love.
  • Those in purgatory are purged by this fiery love.
  • Those on earth who reject Jesus are thrown into agonizing frustration by this fiery love.
  • Those in hell, upon whom God’s love shines, scream in the agony that this love brings to them – “IT BURNS!” – for they want nothing to do with such love; their intellectual burning frustration sets their souls on fire. They perceive this love as hatred because that’s what they are all about. They hate themselves, others, God.

Irony is scary, isn’t it? But we are to fight hell fire with hell fire because hell fire is actually the love of God. If we one with God’s love we can see that the scariest thing – hell fire – is not scary at all if we are one with God’s love. That means we can take on the entire onslaught of hell while in our weak state in this world, because it’s not our strength on which we depend: it’s all about Jesus. He’s the One. He’s the only One.

We can and must rejoice in irony, all the more if it is scary, as we know that it is then bearing such magnificence of truth in love.

But maybe I’m “evil”. Hilaire Belloc might say so. Perhaps we should all be so “evil”, just as Jesus was on the cross, bearing as He did the very reflection of the evil from which He was redeeming us, saving us. So majestic. I can’t help but put it up again:

hilaire bellocTo the young, the pure, and the ingenuous, irony must always appear to have a quality of something evil, and so it has, for […] it is a sword to wound. It is so directly the product or reflex of evil that, though it can never be used – nay, can hardly exist – save in the chastisement of evil, yet irony always carries with it some reflections of the bad spirit against which it was directed. […] It suggests most powerfully the evil against which it is directed, and those innocent of evil shun so terrible an instrument. […] The mere truth is vivid with ironical power […] when the mere utterance of a plain truth labouriously concealed by hypocrisy, denied by contemporary falsehood, and forgotten in the moral lethargy of the populace, takes upon itself an ironical quality more powerful than any elaboration of special ironies could have taken in the past. […] No man possessed of irony and using it has lived happily; nor has any man possessing it and using it died without having done great good to his fellows and secured a singular advantage to his own soul. [Hilaire Belloc, “On Irony” (pages 124-127; Penguin books 1325. Selected Essays (2/6), edited by J.B. Morton; Harmondsworth – Baltimore – Mitcham 1958).]

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (That depends edition)

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As a seminarian I used to keep a half dozen hives of bees, supplying big jars of honey for the refectory. Mmm mmm good!

shepherd boyOur good Lord didn’t just create flowers for the Immaculate Conception, His good mom, but rather integrated them entirely into the vast and unimaginably complex ecosystem. We need merely to call to mind the most obvious fact that most need honey-bees to be pollinated for the next season’s explosion of life. The flowers and dependent creatures. When we give flowers to the Immaculate Conception we give her the entire universe of her Divine Son. In doing so, surely we feel extra super tiny before such great mysteries of creation and love. It is then a special joy before all of God’s majesty to give a flower to His good mom.

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Knotted nylon rosaries for priests? Update: Encouragement for priests!

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This was made for me by a seminarian at a seminary where I was teaching a while back. He added the miraculous medal. He’s now a priest after the Heart of our Lord. I added the medal of Saint Benedict (gift from a cloistered Benedictine nun who prays for me).

I really like unbreakable rosaries as I’ve broken all other “unbreakable” rosaries. Also, I guess it’s the nylon, it doesn’t twist up into unknottable knots. Perhaps it carries the blessing of Our Lady Undoer of Knots. Anyway, I love everything about it.

To the point: A priest friend noted my EDC mention of this rosary and wondered where he could get one. I’m going to be brave and ask if anyone knows how to make such things and wouldn’t mind making such a rosary for a priest. Note the color! Note that the “Our Father” knots about twice as many twists as the “Hail Mary” knots. Don’t worry about medals. Priests know how to add their favorite medals or crucifixes.

I mean, we want to support good prayer of our priests, right? Even priests can be saints. Difficult to imagine that, I know, but it’s true. We need to help each other get to know Jesus through Mary all the more all the time. But if we can’t attempt such a rosary, perhaps a Hail Mary for him and all priests would be awesome: Hail Mary…

Update: We have a promise of a rosary or even a few coming up in a few days. This is great encouragement for us priests from the laity. This is much needed these days. So, thanks especially for that. In fact, this is what I’m sensing: the Holy Spirit is firing up the Mystical Body of Christ, more Mass attendance, more Adoration, more Confession, more personal support and encouragement. All priests thus encouraged are most thankful.

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Homily 2018 09 20 Sinners

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This is part one of the homily on the Gospel. The second part was on the state of affairs today. It was prudent to preach it; it’s maybe not prudent to publish it, perhaps. ;-)

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Perfecting EDCC for priests: “car carry”

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EDCC (every day car carry) for a priest should include rituals new and old with useful quick reference pages for emergencies at the moment of death. I have a standing permission from the bishop to do house blessings as exorcisms of a place as long as it’s within the territory of my parish, which is gargantuan geographically, and also for elsewhere as long as the parish priest of that parish is good with it. Holy Water with the old blessings / exorcisms is a must not only for blessings and exorcisms but also for emergency baptisms, for the blessings of graves at burials.

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An epi-pen is a regular for the EDCC, as is THE EXTRACTOR. You can get one SAWYERs EXTRACTORs on Amazon for like 12 bucks. It’s a reverse syringe, so that pressing the plunger make for suction. There are different size cups depending on the kind of wound or snake bite. There are so many brown recluse spiders and timber rattlers round about, not to mention yellow jackets and such. This is extremely powerful, much better than anything else I’ve ever seen. I’ve used it really a lot, enough to wear one out, and these are heavy duty. I guess I either look for trouble or trouble searches me out.

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This rides around with me for any eventuality… as does this:

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A fire extinguisher? It’s pretty small, fitting into the passenger door bottle holder. I guess the reason is past experience with an el-cheapo car, which was leaking gasoline onto the red hot headers, so much so quickly that the gasoline was cooling the headers. I mentioned that I smelled gas to a truck driver and he took a look and said that I had a really good guardian angel, because there’s absolutely no way that a fire shouldn’t have immediately engulfed the whole car right through the so-called firewall. And here I had been driving around like that for quite a while. That was years ago.

On the floor of the back seat there’s all that’s needed for the day-off target practice…

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Priest whistle blower to be canonized? Santo subito! Do it for vocations!

  • I’ve been weighted down with this since I saw it yesterday, and I’ve watched it many times.
  • I prayed for him, and now I’m praying to him.
  • The Diocese tried to discredit him by saying that he had a checkered history and that surely this was a suicide. Surely, a suicide: two bullets to the back of the head.
  • I find it interesting that the fax machine was taken. Who steals a fax machine and anything related to his being a whistle blower, except maybe the ones he’s blowing the whistle on? I bet the reporter who got the fax called the diocese for comment, was put off in some benign fashion, but later on received a threat to be silent and make the report disappear. When the reporter found out that Father Moreno was dead the reporter made sure to remain silent.

Thomas Aquinas says that the grace of final perseverance is not to be presumed, and that we should pray for this throughout our lives. Having considered that, now take a look at the grace that supports martyrs in their final moments while they persevere in giving witness to Christ no matter the cost, laying down their lives for their friends, the rest of us, which Jesus Himself says is the greatest demonstration of love that we can give. Such love covers a multitude of… of… checkered history or whatever. That’s why we say that martyrs go right to heaven. They were, in the moment of their deaths, at one with God who is love. It is the height of the grace of final perseverance.

His name is Father Joseph F. Moreno, Jr. It would be a great grace for the Church and the world if he were to be canonized.

SANTO SUBITO!

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Perfecting EDC for a priest

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Starting with the lower left moving clockwise, not on the belt:

  • Unbreakable nylon rope knotted rosary with miraculous and St Benedict medals.
  • Purple stole for Confession and sacraments and sacramentals like exorcism.
  • Hospital I.D.
  • Bait wallet with a dollar bill and fake credit cards etc. I’ve been shaken down before. Not a pleasant experience. But I don’t want to be hamstrung without the contents of my real wallet. If this works until you can exit the scene, great. If not, it buys you precious seconds to put another plan into action.

Inside the belt also not carried on the belt (left to right):

  • Oleum Infirmorum (unseen: personal medicines)
  • Voice recorder, for when I can’t take notes but have to remember something, also for homilies at whatever of the churches on whatever day.
  • Pen, which goes on the shoulder pen pocket.
  • El-cheapo watch that no one would want to steal or be envious about.
  • Real wallet, which includes medical cards, credit cards, drivers licence, gun permit, car insurance and registration, USCCA insurance (I can’t recommend this more), enough cash for rubbish food if on the road way too long on any day, and for ammo for the days off.
  • Phone which also contains all medical indications such as conditions and meds taken and those that are essential and why and counter-indications for whatever might be done in an emergency situation.

Lower right corner:

  • Scapular of Mount Carmel (I have a super long and wild history with this). This goes  over the undershirt and under the 5-11 shirt.
  • Pyx from Lourdes given to all permanent chaplains by UNITALSI. Of course, I only have this when I’m carrying the blessed Sacrament. It hangs around the neck but the Pyx is placed deep in a very useful 5-11 shirt cargo pocket over the heart. Ritual books can also fit in these huge cargo pockets when visiting hospitals, rehabs, nursing homes, shut-ins. The 5-11 tactical shirts are the best clergy shirts I know.

On the belt, starting with the handgun:

  • Glock 19 Gen 4 with no backstrap, no Hogue grip, with tritium sights installed in Smyrna (this is something I’ve had to bring to the fore for real a number of times). I’m guessing I’m one of the most shot at priests. Nothing has ever connected. All it takes is once. Many have suffered that and are on their way… For them: Hail Mary… The Glock is chambered with 15 in the magazine. These are defensive rounds. The Glock is carried appendix, but outside which makes it possible. I don’t even know it’s there even after all-day carry, which is, in fact, all day, every day.
  • Keys by the zillions, which hang from the Serpa Blackhawk, the dreaded, hated, dangerous holster which I love to pieces as an aggressor simply cannot defeat it’s locking mechanism, but which is, relatively speaking, zero problem for the carrier.
  • Tourniquet. This is not just about guns. I’m often doing dangerous things with chainsaws and such. Also, the leg is such that if there were even a minor accident in the wrong conditions, compound fractures would be all too easy and multiple.
  • On the right side, a flashlight, really bright, also with strobe. Use it all the time.
  • Two mags situated for quick combat reload with full metal jacket. I mean, if you need this, someone’s wearing a ballistic vest, right?
  • Attached to the bottom of the mag carrier is a 2 1/2″ straight blade in combat position for the left hand but also available to the right hand. This is also opposite side appendix carry outside the belt, which makes it possible.

Just to say, I wear the 5-11 tactical shirt NOT tucked in, and so a multitude of sin is covered over, you know, like the love of God and neighbor in all good contrition covers a multitude of sin. ;-)

Then there’s car-carry EDC for a priest. More on that in another post.

Any suggestions most welcome.

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