Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Prayers up to the people of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Ol’ Robbo has actually, from time to time, thought about what he would do if some animal broke into his church during Mass and started shooting or assaulted the priest or tried to desecrate the Host.  Since I’m one of the more able-bodied men and don’t have anyone with me who would need shielding, my general thought is that it would be my obligation to at least try to do Something.

What that Something would be, I don’t really know.  Our church is (sadly) of in-the-round construction and has six different entrances spread around its circumference, so there are a great many possible scenarios.  Although I don’t let it distract me, I do generally try to keep aware of people moving in and out (which they tend to do throughout the service).

One thing I’ve thought of, at least.  The St. Michael Hymnal that we use is hardbacked.  If I ever found myself in a position in which I had to rush an attacker, I’d certainly grab a few of them for throwing on my way in. I’m perfectly serious about this:  At the very least, they’d provide a useful distraction.

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle…..