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American Dagger Moth at the rectory? Gun and dagger for a minister?

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Andrews, western NC, July 25, 2020. I doubt this is an American Dagger Moth, as the caterpillar – at least at this tiny stage – has no yellow fuzz at all, just smooth yellow, though with a multitude of dagger-life black spikes. It’s also sitting on a cucumber leaf, not up in various trees of its normal habitat. Maybe this is normal for the beginning stages.

Having said that, the biodiversity in WNC is immense, and the variations of the “norm” seen elsewhere are quite marked both in flora and fauna. Lots of “That’s unique!” going on here. I’m not sure if this one has both pros and cons. Some caterpillars are benign. Some inflict horrific health conditions. Some are to be especially tolerated for what they do later as moths and butterflies.

I’m no Lepidopterologist (I had to look that up…). I’m just putting this up for interest. It’s so easy to love the natural world that our dear Lord created:

  • “For what can be known about God is evident […], because God made it evident […]. Ever since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what He has made.” (Romans 1:19-20)

The Lord makes it ever so easy to walk with Him when out in the creation He created.


Meanwhile, me being me, I thought of my EDC when I saw the name “American Dagger”:

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This contraption is carried on the belt on the left side, just across from the appendix-carried Glock 19. The easy snap-in holster for the knife is attached to the paddle holster for the magazines, carried semi-horizontally for the quickest possible switch imnsho. The straight blade is 2.5″, just slightly longer than the American Dagger Caterpillar when it is full grown. The knife is upside down, if you will, as my left hand – weak hand – can grab it in what is already, then, an upside-up position for the hand straight out of the holster. Perfect.

The American Dagger Moth is quite benign, just like the caterpillar. The same goes for the Glock 19 and the knife. The knife is used all day long, in gardening, in opening letters and boxes. It’s a tool just like Glock is a tool. The caterpillar has spikes, tools that are useful in defense against unjust aggression.

Speaking of that, some say with a smile: “A minister with a gun?” finding this to be curiously humorous. When I mention that I’m also the police chaplain and that 2nd amendment capacities are prudent and moral, describing some of the situations one can and does get into accompanying officers, their exclamation turns into: “A minister with a gun!”, that is, no longer with a question mark, but with quiet admiration, nodding their heads in agreement.

Mind you, I’m not a law enforcement or any kind of officer. I don’t do that. But if someone’s actively pumping bullets into an officer, it’s entirely within the purview of the 2nd amendment for a citizen, a civilian, to exercise 2nd amendment capacities to protect a victim suffering from mortal unjust aggression wherein the imminent provision of death is actively in progress. One uses the least amount of force to repel that unjust aggression, whatever that least amount happens to be. It’s the last thing you would ever want to be involved in. It is what it is in this fallen world. Lest anyone think that there is such thing as unjust aggression at all, here’s just a few minutes with the great Kayleigh McEnany:

Our Lord has created the animals with tools for their defense.

The greatest of all prophets, John the Baptist, gave advice and encouragement to the law enforcement – even of occupying forces! – so that they too might be saved, not apart from their duties, but as they carry out their duties.

Our Lord Himself does not shy away from The Battle of The War. He also has the proper tools. And… and… He is the last one standing:

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A few scars to be sure in His hands and feet and side. He’s good with that. We thank Him for it. Amen.

Be the caterpillar, with great charity and goodness and kindness. But be the caterpillar. Our Lord expects it of you.

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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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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?
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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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This priest’s EDC (every day carry)

Underneath my clericalized 5-11 tactical shirt (which is super-useful for hospital visits and Communion calls with it’s large cargo pockets), all this stuff is carried on my belt:

  • Glock 19 Gen 4 new 12 July 2016 and just refurbished in Smyrna last week, in a Serpa Blackhawk holster, which is hated by operators for slowing down the draw, but whose security catch, costing about 0.25 seconds (that is a lot, btw) is worth it for EDC for civilian defensive carry as it stops dead any attempt to take the carry from behind in an altercation. It’s chambered with 15 in the mag, all defensive bullets that will stop but not pass through a target, for the safety of others.
  • On the far side are two mags full of FMJ, because (1) if the 15 didn’t work it’s most likely because ballistic vests are being used and now’s the time for FMJ; (2) this way I’m already well on my way for being ready for some target practice.
  • Two key-chains so full of keys for the two campuses of the parish, which I use all the time, that one parishioner calls me “the janitor.” That nickname is also used for something else among LEOs, but I’m not going there.
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  • Pretty much all military and LEOs and operators of all kinds right around the world will recognize the tourniquet (the pouch including some bandages). I carry this also for emotional reasons. These are made in my parish at IOI, which was created for a parishioner. This one was given to me by a board member. This is a smart item to carry, as anyone who carries (legally) is well over four times as likely to be injured by gunfire than anyone else in the population.

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That’s all covered by the frumpy clerical shirt. Meanwhile, besides the purple stole and emergency rites liturgical books carried in Sassy the Subaru, I have other personal carry not carried on the belt:

  • You gotta have a phone if you’re a priest (plenty of emergency calls) and if you carry. I’m “that guy” who calls 911 when there is a crash on the road or whatever.
  • The wallet always has enough money to get out of a situation. There’s Federal I.D., the “carry permit” required in N.C., USCCA (the best anywhere in the world; I’m very happy to have this) and health insurance cards, etc.
  • The rosary is carried in a quick access pocket. No crucifix that only gets tangled, and just knotted with nylon as anything else for me breaks. This is a working rosary.
  • The rosary pouch from the Holy Father doesn’t contain anything religious. Sorry. Just medicine I need during the day and possibly overnight, without which not.
  • The oil of the infirm, for emergency anointing. I’ve used this oh say about a million times. An absolute necessity. I have water in the car for emergency baptisms.

I’m open to suggestions.

Update: More car carry:

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