Motherhood & Parenting

Should One “Stockpile?”

I’m not one to hoard things.  I’m not one to have an over-stuffed pantry.  I’m not one to buy extra food or supplies of anything, mostly because I hate clutter.

But I’ve been forced to rethink this, as I do my weekly grocery shopping and notice that certain items have been sold out week after week.  Not only is rice and Cream of Chicken Soup almost always sold out, but there have been other things missing at times too–toilet paper, peanut butter, spaghetti noodles, chicken, bread, tampons…goodness, the list goes on.

I suspect it’s likely different from place-to-place.  Those cities where rioting, looting, shooting, and burning aren’t happening, perhaps aren’t seeing a shortage of supplies.  I don’t know.  Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin, however, the supply chain seems to have been shaken a bit.  I suppose because people have been shaken a bit.

I wonder if the cultural situation will get better or worse as we move nearer to the election?  I think worse, especially if Trump wins.  (Please God, let him win, though.)  Those who are opposed to Trump seem to be very angry, and I mean, angry to the point of destruction.

So, as I look around me, I think Fr. Goring is right–it’s likely prudent to gather a few items to last a month or two, or maybe even 3, as Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God is suggesting.*  And to do it now.

What Am I Gathering?

First of all, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:

  1. Don’t hyperventilate about gathering food, water, or supplies.  Honestly, it does cause me some anxiety, as I’ve got a family of 9 to feed, but God knows.  He’s in charge.  I think of Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?”
  2. That said, Noah spent how long building an ark and gathering supplies while onlookers scoffed and partied?  Or how about Joseph in the Old Testament spending 7 years gathering grain for Pharaoh to feed his people during the subsequent famine?  This may be one of those times.
  3. As far as what to stockpile, I would suggest buying only those items that you currently eat or use.  Don’t buy a bunch of rice if you’ll never eat it.  (What if one doesn’t need the extra food after all?)  Rather, purchase those items you will use.  For example, we love oatmeal, noodles, and peanut butter.  It wouldn’t hurt us to have an abundance of those items around.
  4. How about water?  We’re not buying water, but rather filling each empty milk jug we consume with water and putting them in our garage loft.  (We drink about four gallons of milk a week.)  I will continue to do this until the cultural situation looks better.
  5. Don’t break the budget.  Only spend what money you can without putting your family in a tight spot.
  6. Lastly, do you live in a major city where rioting has already occurred or might occur?  Do as Fr. Z always recommends, have an escape route.  Where are you going to go, should mobs truly begin destroying everything around you and the city is burning?  It wouldn’t hurt to talk about it, even if it’s a scary thing.  Remember, God gave us brains to use, but in the end, He is in charge.  He loves you so much and will only allow that which is good for your soul.
  7. Lastly, lastly…Go To Confession!  The Sacraments matter.  You know this.

I’d be curious to know your thoughts on these things?  Or any ideas, questions, or concerns you might have?  For, it’s all new to me.

*Mother Miriam just gave a talk at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe last weekend wherein she told everybody to, “Wakeup!”  We had better note what’s going on around us.  It’s madness, and one ought to be prepared for a 3 month disruption of food supply.

6 thoughts on “Should One “Stockpile?””

  1. I try not to stock up too much so others can purchase some as needed. I have been trying to stick to #1 of your post. However, when I have a recipe, I will buy double of the non-perishable items like canned goods or dried goods so I have enough to make the recipe twice if need be. I’ll do that for every recipe every week.
    As a result, I haven’t been able to make it out of the store under $200. Pre-pandemic, my goal was to stay under $100 per week (family of four here). We honestly don’t have a lot of pantry space to stock pile. Back in March and April, I did a couple of trips to the store where I would buy ONE of everything we would normally buy (if I could find it) even if we didn’t need it for that particular week. Those trips were closer to $400 each.
    Lately, I have noticed the shelves gradually becoming more and more bare. I’m in NW Arkansas. No looting or riots here that I know of.
    God bless you and your family!

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    1. I’ve been doing the same thing–buying double of non-perishable items to make my recipes twice. And yes, alas, our grocery bill has gone up, too.

      Our grocery and Sam’s Club shelves are gradually becoming more and more bare, too. There hasn’t been looting or riots in this part of MN/WI, but only two hours away in Minneapolis and then in Kenosha, WI, my goodness. 300 businesses destroyed.

      God bless you, Jessica.

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  2. Oh! I live in the United Kingdom. But I know that the father is talking of stockpiling due to apparent messages Our Lady has given to a woman in Italy called Gisella Cardia. So I was thinking that the stockpiling was either for Italy or for all of us around the world? it is confusing.
    Again the Catholic Church has not confirmed if these messages are real or not I think that they are still studying them so they have not endorsed them.

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  3. Might be that the virus is just going to get worse in the winter and we may all be locked down. It is so sad over 200,000 have died in the USA due to the virus. It is dangerous over here a lot of people have died due to it. And those that survive it have many have been left with lasting health conditions. It is scary. Please do all you can to keep safe everyone x

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