From Space Weather:
BIG SUNSPOTS: After more than a week of quiet, solar activity is picking up with the emergence of two large sunspot groups on the sun’s northeastern limb. The active regions are crackling with C- and M-class solar flares. So far none of the eruptions has been squarely Earth directed, but that could change in the days ahead as solar rotation turns the sunspots to face our planet. Visit http://spaceweather.com for images and more information.
Okay… it was about sun spots and solar flares, not a giant space snake.
This is a good opportunity to repeat a question I have offered before in different ways:
Since a very large solar flare can create an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) which could strike the earth, and since strong EMPs can fry electronics, would you be ready? Would you know what to do for yourself and your loved ones?
It is prudent to think about such things and to have plans. I am mindful of the poor people in Joplin, MO, and Tuscaloosa, AL and many other places where people suffer suddenly from natural or man-made disasters. If tornadoes, however, are bad for a relatively small group of people, a massive earthquake, such as that which produced the tsunami that struck Japan, or QUOD DEUS AVERTAT, an EMP, either from the Sun or from the detonation in the wrong place of a nuclear weapon, … these could catastrophically change life on the entire planet. What would happen if, suddenly, all the electronics of a whole region, hemisphere, the whole world, suddenly became useless. Think about how life would change.
At any time we could encounter something really bad, even devastating. We have to think about these things, not obsess, but consider, and have a plan.
That plan has to include – and this gets me to my deeper point – frequent confession.
For centuries Catholics prayed in the Litany of Saints, and still do when the Litany is used, “from a sudden and unprovided death, deliver us O Lord”! We don’t know the day or the hour.
“But Father! But Father!”, some of you may be saying. “You ask this once in a while. Do you want to scare the hell out of us?”
Or to put it another way, I want to scare us out of hell. Would it be better to persuade you gently out of hell by urging you to love God and therefore avoid sin? Sure. Love is a higher motive for sorrow for sin than fear of punishment. But if the scare works or the fear gets you to try something new, I’ll take it.
As baptized people of faith and disciples full of hope in the Lord’s promises, we have every reason to be buoyant even as we ponder the hardships of life, even catastrophes.
And don’t forget to stock up on Mystic Monk Coffee. I’d do it now, too. Believe you me. One of these days you’ll thank ol’ Fr. Z. You can sip your Mystic Monk or use it for barter! “Mystic Monk?”, your trader will say. “Good as gold! Here, have some ammo.” Get a hand crank grinder or two. The coffee or tea from the Wyoming Carmelites will really be swell when the world’s economy dies and you are in your bunker trying to survive the looters and packs of starving abandoned dogs.