Two years ago, I wrote and shared an article entitled “Universal Manhood: Integrating Manly Proficiency and Catholic Self-Sufficiency.” If I’m honest, I was not-so-subtly hinting at something I couldn’t bring myself to say out loud quite yet: I have a latent prepper streak. There is a part of me that is increasingly convinced that, if not my bride and I, certainly my children and grandchildren will experience basic deprivations of many of the comforts and freedoms we enjoy today, and will have to make do or improvise to survive.
This morning, for kicks, I googled “Catholic Prepper” and was surprised at the number of results:
- This article from the National Catholic Register — “Should Catholics Be Preppers?” — from Fall 2013. (Notice the comment below that says when you google “Catholic Prepper,” nothing comes up.)
- Catholic blogs like Catholic Prepper and Tactical Catholic.
- And even the Nomen Christi Apostolate, based on Long Island, a “new Roman Catholic ministry dedicated to preserving the well-being of the Holy Catholic Church through emergency preparedness and sustainability.”
At a glance, I like these Catholic approaches more that some other survivalist material I’ve seen online. I especially like the emphasis on practical skills and planning; the balance between preparation and trust in God’s providence; and the call to preserve not just one’s self, but family, church, and community.
I would like to see our little Catholic community here grow into something like this: a community of believers still living the mission to make disciples of all nations, but prepared to take care of our own, to defend our beliefs and our rights as persons made in the image of God, to fight whenever and however appropriate, and to willingly embrace suffering for the Kingdom. We should be sharing with our children how to grow and gather food, how to do basic home and auto repairs, how to safely handle and use firearms, how to navigate using maps and natural features, and how to do math without a calculator. We should get ready for whatever comes, and we should pray and not worry.