Posted on 14 July 2016 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Yet again we have cause to mourn the murdered. Yet again, in France.
We have serious decisions to make about our future. This is a war.
I strongly urge you to consider that this, friends, is coming our way, courtesy of terrorists of the Islamic State and practitioners of the Religion of Peace.
Deus, qui conteris bella, et impugnatores in te sperantium potentia tuae defensionis expugnas: auxiliare famulis tuis, implorantibus misericordiam tuam; ut, inimicorum suorum feritate depressa, incessabili et gratiarum actione laudemus.
O God, who bringest wars to nought and shieldest by Thy power all who hope in Thee, overthrowing those that assail them; help Thy servants who implore Thy mercy; so that the fierce might of their enemies may be brought low, and we may never cease to praise and thank Thee.
Please, everyone, give thought to what I have constantly asked: situational awareness.
Earlier today I posted about this Pokemon Go thing, which results in noses glued to screens and oblivion to surroundings. That is an exaggerated example of recklessness. But many people wander about with hardly less thought about their circumstances. One of the things I have suggested in the past is to seek out some training which might include situational awareness elements. Concealed carry weapon license training includes that, whether you would ever be interested in carrying a weapon or not, one way or another. That’s not the main point. The important thing is to learn to watch and to think and to react, to evade, to deescalate, to survive. If CCW training is the easiest way to start this process, then do it. It’s helpful. Will it prevent an attack with a truck on a street? It might help you to notice that it’s coming before it’s too late for you and those around you.
Also, GO TO CONFESSION.