Assault Weapons

(Where in the world is he going with this one?)

I have to laugh at all the do-gooder control freaks who insist that banning assault weapons will make our society safer.

Have any of these people checked the crime statistics in the tiny hamlets and boroughs around our fair land, say for instance, Chicago, and noticed that a ban on guns doesn’t deter naughty, violent people from using them to shoot other people?

Before I get too deep into a political rant, allow me to cleverly tie the blog title to the intro to a faith thought for the day.

You know that I pray the Holy Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy regularly…. I shoot for (get it?) daily, but that doesn’t happen 100% of the time… but then other days like today when I have more time, I try to rip off three or four or five Divine Mercy Chaplets (it’s such an awesome prayer; if you haven’t said it or are unfamiliar with it, try it).

One of my devotional resources is a daily email from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. It’s a daily meditation from the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and Jesus Christ’s revelations to her. I must confess that I don’t read these every day, but I opened Day 279 today and here’s what I read (these are the words of Christ, as St. Faustina quotes them in the diary):

Once, as I was going down the hall to the kitchen, I heard these words in my soul: Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy (Diary, 687).

My Prayer Response:
Lord Jesus, make me more aware of the power of the mercy chaplet as a prayer for Your infinite mercy for sinners, for the dying, and for the whole world. May You inspire me to pray it unceasingly.

So, there are your marching orders. A quote from Jesus Christ Himself to St. Faustina.

You wanna ignore him?

Okay, so how does that tie in with my intro? Easy, breezy!

Immediately after reading that instruction from Jesus, I tuned into EWTN Radio to listen to the broadcast of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I tuned in about a minute early and was greeted by a commercial. I’ve heard it before. I don’t know who is speaking, but I hear his words loud and clear. The speaker is talking about the importance of frequently praying the Holy Rosary:

“A rosary is an assault weapon with a 50 round clip!”

Your weapons have been chosen.

As we continue to read through the Acts of the Apostles, as we read the stories of these men who were willing to give up their lives to spread the faith, the question is:

Are we willing to give up our lives just like the Apostles and the men and women they hand-selected to spread the faith?

Something else to consider.

We don’t have to die, necessarily, to use our assault weapons, do we?

But just because we don’t have to martyr ourselves, it may not be any easier.

Which is harder?

Think about it.

Today is the Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist.

First reading: First Letter of Peter 5:5b-14

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.

– 1 Peter 5:8-9



Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.


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