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Catholic gun owners - Had your guns blessed by a priest?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by possenti, Feb 10, 2005.

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  1. possenti

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    I'm fairly new to the Catholic faith and its traditions, but it's my understanding that priests offer blessings to various possesions of the faithful.
    I live in a rural area, and I've heard of priests blessing chickens, cows, bees and automobiles (mostly pick-ups). My Catholic Dictionary describes a blessing as this:

    A rite by which the Church dedicates persons, places or things to a sacred purpose, or attaches to them a spiritual value, without consecration.

    It goes on to explain that a blessed object does not loose its blessing by being broken, repaired, given away or lent, but only by being sold or totally destroyed.

    My Godfather told me that he had some of his guns blessed years ago. During the blessing, the priest asked the Almighty for the safekeeping of the gun, that it not be used for ill purposes, and that each shot fired would find its rightful mark. Cool. I'm interested in asking my priest about this. Has anyone else ever done this?
     
  2. Vern Humphrey

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    I've not done it, but it's common in the Catholic parts of Germany, where hunt clubs are organized under the patronage of Saint Hubert.
     
  3. possenti

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    Funny - my Godfather's great-grandparents were from Germany (as mine were too). He has a bumper sticker that says, "You can tell a German, but you can't tell him anything." Most stubborn people you'd ever meet... :evil:
     
  4. JesseCuster40

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    I've halfway considered it, or at least blessing ammunition (what if I'm attacked by vampires?) but I think the priest would probably consider it rather strange to say the least, and may freak out in an alarming fashion.
     
  5. SMLE

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    I once had a musket blessed by a Catholic Chaplain at a Civil War re-enactment. It has never malfunctioned or failed to fire since.
     
  6. WT

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    One may be surprised at the number of priests and ministers who carry guns. I know one RC priest who always carries on night house calls.
     
  7. patent

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    My priest is usually too busy shooting his guns to bless mine. ;-) I suppose I don't have much of an excuse for not asking though, given that's we've gone to the range together. (They also take the alter servers to the range as a reward).

    The only things I've had blessed are candles and holy water. It seems like a good thing to get blessed though, especially a carry piece.

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  8. taliv

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    hit him to bless a copy of the 2A while you're at it ;)
     
  9. Preacherman

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    Just as long as you're not looking for a Dungeons & Dragons-type "magic missile enchantment"... :D
     
  10. azrael

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    JesseCuster40,
    Sorry dude, having them blessed by a priest wont do much...Silver bullets made from a cross that is blessed by someone at least as high up as a Bishop does somewhat better...At least according to some old book I got laying around here somewhere...

    Demons?? A golden bullet blessed by a priest works somewhat better, but only on a "lesser" demon...For the "greater" variety ya need a bullet made from gold melted down from a cross, blessed by a Cardinal...Hollowing it out and filling it with the crushed bones of a Siant works for the particularly stubborn..yea kinda like a lethal reliquary...


    Unpleasant Dreams :evil:
     
  11. Third_Rail

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    "I'm wearing boots of escaping! I'm wearing boots of escaping!!"

    Best video ever, Preacherman. Thanks for the reminder. :D
     
  12. possenti

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    Bummer. I need something to help improve my groups :uhoh: .
     
  13. Hawkmoon

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    He shouldn't. The Roman Catholic catechism says that self-defense is a moral duty, and the current Pope has stated the same thing in very explicit terms, twice (at least). The Pope's statements are available on this forum, that's how I know about it. Try a search.
     
  14. horge

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    Yes.

    ....and I understand how infinitely more important it is that God's grace rests upon me,
    to be able to righteously use the lethal tools of self-defense I've been granted,
    including my guns.

    :)
     
  15. c_yeager

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    I wonder if one could consider this a gunsmithing service. That way we could just send them out to an enterprising priest and recieve them back again. I would bet that such a service would be suprisingly popular and could really bolster the collection plate. ;)

    I don't think there would be a conflict here since the priest could perform the service "free of charge" but, with a "suggested donation" ala weddings and funerals. So long as the funds were properly allocated it should be fine.
     
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    In case you're not aware of it, we Catholics have just about everything blessed -- we have our throats blessed (happens on Feb 2), we have our pets blessed, we have our cars blessed (priest joked that the blessing is only valid as long as I stay within the legal speed limits), etc. So having guns & ammo blessed isn't really that strange of an idea.
     
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    There's a blessing of boats in different places every year too...

    Don't forget Rocky got blessed before his first big bout with Carl Weathers so he wouldn't get his head knocked off. (can't remember his screen name) "Hey Fadda..."

    :)

    My guns and ammo? Hadn't thought about it but now that you mention it...

    I best just have the priest come over and do a group session.

    Hey Fadda, can you make it so's every shot hits the 10 ring?

    :D
     
  18. El Tejon

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    No, but I do wear a Saint Barbara medal which has been blessed when off at gun school. :D

    No holes yet! It evens works on Methodists. :D
     
  19. geekWithA.45

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    Blessing arms and the warrior is a tradition that crosses cultures, and goes back in time all the way to rocks and sharp sticks.

    I feel this can serve an important function of centering the warrior's mind on his just purpose, and assuring him of his society's support.
     
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    In all seriousness, protestants do something similar, too. For us it is more along the lines of a "dedication." That is, I would publically profess my dedication to use this [gun] in the service of the Lord, to His glory and honor, etc. This is much like the dedication of a baby being the promise of the parents. In turn, the church body, led by the pastor, promises that they will help you keep your commitment and prays for God's blessing and help.

    When I was little, my father built a car wash (first one in the area). I remember just before the grand opening many friends from church and the pastor were invited there for a dedication and blessing picnic. I remember him walking through the equipment room, laying hands on each pump and asking for God's blessing. I thought of that several times later (as did my father) as I saw him covered in gease and hammering on those pumps to change and repair them or trying to fix an expensive vending machine that a vandal had destroyed to get $2.35 from it.

    The question is: Are you willing to dedicate the gun to the service of God? If so, I'd say most priests or ministers would pray that it (and you) be blessed.
     
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    The guys in "Boondock Saints" must have done this. The only explanation for that scene where they killed like 10 guys while tangled in a rope dangling from the ceiling. :D
     
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    I've thought about having the priest come out to the range and bless it. He does a biker blessing each year, and now has become a 3 day benefit!
     
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    Yes. You can have the guns and ammo blessed. Interestingly I had never thought to have that done but I guess if you have the house blessed then the guns and ammo in there get blessed too. I think a specific blessing is okay too as long as the firearms are to be used for good intent.
     
  24. Erich

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    Nope.

    Haven't had my Dremel tool, computer or gardening shears blessed either. :rolleyes:
     
  25. mbs357

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    I've never heard of this, but that's pretty awesome.
    Go to the church, get my pistol blessed.
    Heck yea.
     
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