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When getting wings can invite danger (Jesus & day-off target practicing)

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Being a concealed carrier requires one to be frosty and well-practiced on so very very many levels. Longtime readers know that for me, part of this involves using the pre-2001 Federal Air Marshal tactical pistol course. For quite a while I would, once a week, on my “day off,” race through this course a couple of times and then chase off to do other things. I was encouraged by our new Very Rev. Vicar Forane of the Smoky Mountain Vicariate to take this a bit more seriously. Where else in the world would this be the case? I love it. He’s an extremely good shot according to his father, who’s an extremely good shot. So, yesterday, I took a chunk of time to do some drills and then go through the FAM course a bunch of times. My scores, after some drills mind you, are as follows:

  • 79.3% – fail
  • 86.6% – fail
  • 88% – fail
  • 94% – pass
  • 94% – pass (but really fail because I was a bit over-time on one stage)
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That 94% is a bit stubborn. But hey! A challenge to get 95 and even 100. I like it.

A Federal Air Marshal (pre-2001) needed to pass the course every time, at any time, cold. That’s the difference, which is important. I’m sure the original FAMs could hit their own bullet holes well within the time limits for each stage every time, cold, thus gaining their wings, that is, permission to get aboard a flight that day. It’s like they could pass the course by shooting it out while walking by without breaking their pace. With me, really trying hard, practicing, doing drills, I barely pass as many times as I fail. And… and… I’m definitely not shooting all bullets through the first bullet hole. No.

If I were to think I’m a good shot, that would be dangerous, as I would be overconfident in a critical incident and that would never be good for anyone. A little humility goes a long way. It’s what really keeps you frosty. Humility, humility, humility.

Let’s do an analogy with the spiritual life. There are two ways:

  • The way of humility, as a child, in humble thanksgiving for our salvation in Christ Jesus, depending on His strength, walking in His friendship, His goodness and kindness.
  • The way of thinking one has come into one’s own, you know, staying away from any serious sin for a long time, being virtuous, even “balanced”, courteous, nice, and that therefore one doesn’t need Jesus, because now one is self-referential, self-congratulatory, self-absorbed, neo-Pelagian, even Promethean. And then, with all that overconfidence, there is the fall as it is already a fall in and of itself. One may as well just have one’s liver eaten out every day:

PROMETHEUS

Humility keeps one frosty. Humility is not one’s gift to oneself. Humility comes from Jesus, whether in regard to the spiritual life or that which is as mundane as target practice. Being without humility in either case can be deadly. In both cases, in the spiritual life and being a concealed carrier, one needs to walk in friendship with Jesus.

If you ask your guardian angel for assistance, he will arrange for the necessary. But just be warned, he will take your request seriously. Trust in Jesus.

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Flores for the Immaculate Conception (putting up with it edition)

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Flores for the Immaculate Conception? Not an easy life at all, getting poked and prodded and made to deliver sweetness at any and all times for monstrous creatures, who steal all one’s good work, who do so with spikes and claws and ghastly, threatening eyes. That’s all part of it. But, for the Immaculate Conception, it’s all worth deepened humility, tested patience. One’s moment in the sun will come with no monsters round about. Just the Son, her Son, the Son of the Immaculate Conception.

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Dear Michael Voris: “Don’t let the b******* get you down!”

Michael Voris: I see Jesus written all over your statement. Yes, we’ve all crucified the Son of the Living God with our sins. None of us is any better than anyone else. Jesus grabs us out of the quagmire. He fills us with grace. He makes us His soldiers in the Church Militant. It’s all about Jesus. If anyone doesn’t think so, and condemns you, I think they might just take on the guilt of your sins themselves, regardless of their own sins. Instead, for what you’ve said here, you have my total respect. You have my prayers and blessings. And, just a bit of advice, which was told to me by a priest who is a hero of mine: “Don’t let the b******* get you down!” – Father George David Byers

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