Catholic Preppers, or survivalists, are people who believe “catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and make active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.”
Basically, the definition above is the COMPLETE opposite of me. My outdoor skills are essentially non-existent, having been raised in New York City. My homemaker skills are minimal. The only skill I have in that area is cooking. I can sew on some buttons and hem some pants – barely.
In other words, if there were to be a great catastrophe, I would probably last a month if some generous soul doesn’t take pity upon me and shelter me for a time.
Maybe this is why I don’t spend my time thinking about natural disasters, until I stumble upon a Prepper in some online forum or Facebook group.
Usually people fall on either of two sides when it comes to the survivalist discussion.
Preppers are Prudent
Some believe that preppers are just being prudent. Scripture tells us that “a prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished” (Prov. 22:3; 27:12). Therefore it is fitting for a Catholic father to ensure that his family is prepared in the event of a disaster. It is the “better safe than sorry” approach.
Preppers are Paranoid
Some believe survivalists are just paranoid. “Matthew 6 says, “Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than the meat: and the body more than the raiment? Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you of much more value than they?”
Being prepared for a disaster doesn’t address the question of IF a disaster will come, but it addresses the question of what to do when it INVARIABLY comes. Is it a lack of trust in God to stockpile food, candles, sacramentals and sometimes weapons for a disaster that one might not even see in one’s lifetime?
The Doomsday Sources
Catholic preppers usually base their beliefs that the world will experience a catastrophic chastening from God on several Marian apparitions that specifically address end times preparation. These apparitions are technically “private revelations”, which means Catholics are not obligated to believe them. I will only mention one here:
Our Lady of Akita
In October 1973, Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa received the following revelation:
“As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests”.
The Three Days of Darkness
How many of you have your “three days of darkness” candles? If you do, then you probably have heard of the “Three Days of Darkness” prophecy. According to the 3 Days of Darkness website, there will be an immediate sign of the beginning of the three days of darkness:
THE IMMEDIATE SIGN
The wind will howl and roar. Lightning and thunderbolts of an unprecedented magnitude will strike the earth. The whole earth will shake, heavenly bodies will be disturbed (this will be the beginning of the Three Days). Every Demon, every evil spirit will be released from hell and allowed to roam the earth. Terrifying apparitions will take place. Many will die from sheer fright. Fire will rain forth from the sky, all large cities will be destroyed, poisonous gases will fill the air, cries and lamentations everywhere. The unbelievers will burn in the open like withered grass. The entire earth will be afflicted; it will look like a huge graveyard.
As soon as you notice (these signs), go indoors, lock all doors and windows, pull down the blinds, stick adhesive paper on vents and around windows and doors. Do not answer calls from outside, do not look at the windows, or you will die on the spot: keep your eyes down to make sure you do not see the windows; the Wrath of God is mighty and no one should attempt to behold it. Light blesed wax candles; nothing else will burn, but the candles will not be extinguished once lit. Nothing will put them out in the houses of the faithful, but they will not burn in the houses of the godless. Sprinkle holy water about the house and especially in the vicinity of doors and windows: the devils fear holy water. Bless yourself with it and anoint your five senses with it: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, feet, and forehead. Keep on hand a sufficient supply of drinking water and, if possible, food also (but you can live without food for three days.) Kneel down and pray incessantly with outstretched arms, or prostrate on the floor. Make acts of contrition, faith, hope, and charity. Above all say the Rosary and meditate on the Sorrowful mysteries.
Some people, especially children, will be taken up to Heaven beforehand to spare them the horror of these days. People caught outdoors will die instantly. Three-quarters of the human race will be exterminated, more men than women. No one will escape the terror of these days.
What are your thoughts on Catholic preppers? Are you attracted to that lifestyle at all?
Is it any wonder, Catholic preppers are stocking up on Blessed candles and food?
This article was originally posted in 2019