From the Mail: How Do You Prepare for the Storm?

Sinking_of_Battleship_Bouvet_at_the_Dardanelles-Tahsin_BeyOne of the major presuppositions of the book, Return to Order, is that we are facing a crisis that will seriously affect the nation. To use the book’s opening metaphor, our situation is like that of a ship facing a threatening storm.

The natural tendency is to take measures and especially stock up on supplies. People sense the essential need to have some degree of self-sufficiency just in case something happens. Still others feel the need to withdraw from society in the hopes of avoiding the problem all together. Yet others are so overwhelmed by the vastness of the crisis or the threat of big government that they simply don’t know what to do. Several readers have asked if there is a Return to Order perspective on how to prepare for the storm.

Indeed, there is a perspective. As the book well notes, an organic Christian society is characterized by a “great tendency to develop and take care of one’s own, [and] results in an astonishing degree of self-sufficiency that filters up to all levels of society.” In medieval times, people not only amply provided for themselves, but safeguarded the future with stocks of food and necessities.

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And so it is reasonable that people be materially prepared for the future especially when the storm clouds are dark. But is that the only thing that should be done to prepare for the storm? Is it the most important?

While it is natural for people to seek out self-sufficiency in times of crisis, they also tend to isolate themselves from others as a consequence. Such a preparation is not the best way to weather the storm. It is the equivalent of locking oneself in one of the ship’s cabins to wait out the storm while the whole ship is in danger of sinking.

The best preparation is be involved in the fight over which course the ship must take. It must involve working together with others, and not a me-against-the-world approach.

In the Culture War we are in, we might employ a military principle. Ours is a peaceful and legal fight for our values but it is analogous to that of a real war.

It is said that when new troops first come under fire, their first tendency is to scatter as they see their safety in flight. Such a tactic works to the advantage of the attackers who then can pick off the isolated soldiers.

However, when veteran troops come under fire, their second nature is to unite in a block toUnited_States_Navy_SEALs_031 fire back at the enemy because they realize their safety lies in a united front against the enemy. As a result, they can counter-attack as a unit and carry the day.

The fight for a Return to Order is similar. Rather than scatter and isolate ourselves against an aggressive and hostile culture, it is much better to look for others of similar mind, defy the culture and find our strength in unity.

That is why Return to Order speaks of the principle of subsidiarity in which society organizes itself at various levels contrary to the extreme individualism of our times. The book notes that the only real defense against big government or chaos are plenty of intermediary associations centered on family, community and faith. It stresses the need for “representative characters” or natural leaders at all levels of society to step up to the plate and make us a nation of heroes. Above all, a Return to Order enlists the aid of God, His angels and His saints. A go-at-it alone approach simply will not work.

If those who work so hard materially preparing for dark times could also prepare socially and spiritually, then there is a chance that we might avert many disasters or at least mitigate their effects. The course of the nation is far from predetermined. In fact, sociologists claim that conservatives are much more effective at forming close networks than their liberal counterparts.

And so in answer to the question of preparing for the storm, we should be reasonablySubscription8.11 prepared materially for the future. However, the best preparation for the storm is unite with others of similar mind, strive to implement subsidiarity, leadership, and the other principles of an organic Christian society, place unlimited confidence in God, and stand our ground, disputing inch by inch the future of America.



  • MountainMikey

    I am reminded of an old history teacher (Ms. Lannom, may she rest in peace…she was ancient when I was in her class) who explained the symbol of Rome. An ax, surrounded by rods. Simply put, if you took one of those rods, by itself, it was easily breakable…but gathered together it would be impossible to do so.

  • Susan

    “They Fired the First Shot 2012” is a book that says much the same thing – that we are to form communities with other like minded people, to unite in prayer to God, guided by Our Blessed Mother – who leads us to Her Son. This is a time of grace – we should not waste it! (

  • Barb Renner

    Strength in numbers of like-minded people and stand our ground in the name of Our Lord and Our Lady.

  • Chas L

    We Must remember that when it seems darkest, we are closer to morning dawn. The victory of the Church will come after the dark storm, and we must pray and work to help those who will stand For God and the Church!

  • Fran

    There is strength in Unity but do Not forget Morality…without it…even Rome sank. The moral standards in most of today’s society is questionable…starting with Abortion and Gay progression. Mental strength plus prayer is more important in this type of climate of hostility to the laws of God.

  • M Lau

    The lack of Christian charity (apart from immorality) is the direct cause of revolutions, I believe. Besides praying and penances, we should practise Christian charity to our neighbours. But no matter what, the Church will triumph in the end.

  • Edward Koestner

    I like this part of the article: “The course of the nation is far from predetermined. In fact, sociologists claim that conservatives are much more effective at forming close networks than their liberal counterparts.”
    I just wish conservatives would be more vocal and well organized on God’s marriage, the union of one man and one woman.

  • We must pray for the Great Warning and Miracle promised by Our Lady at Garabandal. In the meantime remember how the Apostles and Disciples felt after Hood Friday and before Easter Sunday.

  • Ed Graveline

    Why doesn’t everyone get gold – not bars or coins, but currency grade gold? Gold that is priced in one ounce grams for around $65 per gram? Grams that can be used as money in exchange for goods? That is what I am doing. Ask me.

  • John Phillips

    Why would anyone by GOLD or SILVER?
    By land and learn how to grow you own food
    Also learn how to use and maintain your weapons
    Also learn first aid
    Build a network

  • Kent Courtney

    There should be a rallying point for solidarity. One of the best ways of unifying people to a cause is through music. Ideas are often best spread through the words of songs. That is why we have hymns.

  • Kory C. Trebbin

    We have endured much worse than this as a nation. As I see it prayer,self control,EFFICIENCY in the use of all resources we have –TOGETHER— WILL GET US THRU THE STORM. WE THE PEOPLE MUST ENSURE THE CARE OF OUR SOCIETY–NOT RELY ON GOVERNMENT OR ITS REPS. WE MUST TRULY — BECOME– “WE” not “ME”. ONE NATION UNDER GOD!!