A SERIOUS THREAT
One of the most pressing threats to the U.S. right now is the possibility of an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack which could completely devastate the power grid across the country and leave everyone literally in the dark. These videos explain the threat.
The Right & Duty To Defend!
The right and grave duty that we have to legitimately defend and protect not only our own lives but the lives of others is clearly expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Being willing to do this is important but the ability to do this is equally necessary.
2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one's own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:
If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful. . . Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one's own life than of another's.
St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II,64,7, corp. art.
2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.
Pope St. John Paul II On Self-Defense
Pope St. John Paul II wrote about the right to self-defense in "The Gospel of Life" in 1995.
55. Certainly, the intrinsic value of life and the duty to love oneself no less than others are the basis of a true right to self-defense.
Moreover, "legitimate defence can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another's life, the common good of the family or of the State". Unfortunately it happens that the need to render the aggressor incapable of causing harm sometimes involves taking his life. In this case, the fatal outcome is attributable to the aggressor whose action brought it about, even though he may not be morally responsible because of a lack of the use of reason.
A NEED TO PREPARE
There is a general feeling among many people that there is something coming. I hear from different people that they sense something heavy is in the air. Some ignore this. Some prepare for it. There are those who see this heaviness as something that is man made and will be dealt with by man. But there are many who recognize that this "heaviness" is well beyond what man can deal with on his own.
This page is intended to help put the feelings and the facts in proper perspective and to consider how each one of us should respond to these times.
There most definitely is "something in the air". Something that we have never seen or experienced in the world before. These days that we are living in are becoming increasingly difficult and dangerous on many fronts.
This is not meant to be a frightening message. It is intended to be a message of maturely and responsibly looking at the reality of the days that we are in and the importance of responding to them in the way that Our Lord would want us to. And that is with courage and strength, knowing that His hands hold each one of us. We are all called to cooperate with God's grace and fulfill the mission that we have been given.
CAN WE SAY WE DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING?
When I travel around the country putting on BATTLE READY Rallies, I find that more than half of the people I speak with agree that they are seeing the signs of the times, and feeling a heaviness in our world, and it doesn't look good.
The problem is that while many are sensing this heaviness most are not discussing what to do about it. Some continue to hold on to the attitude that if we trust that God will take care of us then we don't need to do anything to physically prepare for these problems that we are seeing in the world.
Tell that to those who are suffering in Europe or in Nigeria or in the Middle East or in any part of the world where terrorism has killed and maimed and where rape, slavery and torture is a daily occurrence.
Do they trust Jesus any less than you and I do?
Are we blind to what is happening in Canada or in the U.S. when we see rules, regulations and laws changing almost daily in favor of the most vile, sinful and destructive behavior? Do we not see where this wild fire is headed?
We should all be taking a good hard look at the kind of changes we should be making in our lives and the areas where we should be preparing. This involves first and foremost in the spiritual ways but also in the proper physical or natural ways. We are both spiritual and physical beings. God has made us this way and He expects us to cooperate with His grace on both levels in order to do His will and to care for others.
We should be getting as close to Our Lord as possible through prayer and sacraments. What are we waiting for? If we really want to prepare for the battles in our world then it ALL starts with our relationship with God.
The following are the basic essentials for spiritual preparation.
1. Daily mass when possible.
2. Regular confession - Monthly or twice monthly or weekly.
3. Pray the rosary daily.
4. Daily fasting and sacrifice - Offer something in sacrifice daily.
5. Read scripture.
On a natural level we should be looking at the world around us and see the signs of the times. The threats against our freedom and our liberty are plentiful. The increase of war, violence and civil unrest, along with the warnings of these occurrences increasing should prompt us to take the necessary steps to protect our loved ones and others that God may bring into our lives.
Yes I am talking about physical preparations in the event of war, civil unrest or terrorism. We should always be prepared to some degree for natural disasters anyway. But the rise in violence in places of the world, even sometimes in our own communities, should cause us to make important changes in the way we are ready to feed, care for and even defend what is good and holy and protect the innocent that cannot defend themselves.
Shame on us, especially us men, if we do not do this.
Basic things to have on hand in case of a physical emergency. This could be anything from a natural disaster to a terrorist attack to civil unrest and/or societal breakdown.
This is a basic, general list of essentials that are important to consider. Something to keep in mind is keeping all these resources in a bag you can take on the go at any given moment, a 'go-bag.' This list should be taken into consideration and personalized by each individual as necessary. (Ex.: personal medicines, special needs, etc.)
As always, HOLY WATER and any sacramentals such as blessed salt, blessed metals, your Rosary, etc. should ALWAYS be a part of your resources and preparations:
1. Extra food and water.
2. Medical supplies to deal with basic medical needs.
3. Means of self-defense. I.E. firearms, pepper spray, etc.
4. Water filter system. Small personal filter and/or larger capacity filter system.
5. Fire starting capabilities. I.E. waterproof matches, lighter, flint and steel.
6. Extra set of clothes, gloves, eye protection, protective footwear such as hiking boots. (note: wet clothes over an extended period of time cause problems)
7. Utility / utensil / swiss army knife
8. Survival knife (for breaking out of any restrictions, cutting and building shelter, self-defense, etc.)
9. Water-proof tarp
10. Water storage (ex. empty water bottle / bag to hold purified water)
11. Emergency blanket
12. Stocking cap
13. Extra plastic bags
17. Protein (protein bars, tuna, etc.)
18. First Aid
19. Personal essentials (medicines, feminine sanitary napkins, inhalers, etc.)
20. Mess kit
21. Quarters (for pay phones, vending machines, etc.)
22. Hand warmers
24. Pocket saw
25. Para chord
26. Baby wipes
28. Chap stick
29. Tooth paste / tooth brush
30. Sleeping bag
32. Camo face paint
33. Chocolate (morale / sugar boost / leverage)
34. Pepto bismal and/or mint
35. Bear spray
36. Flash light
37. Mirror (silent signal)
38. Fishing line
39. Glow sticks
40. Sewing kit
41. Medical gloves