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Sapientia et Veritas -We cannot escape the dangers which abound in life without the actual and continual help of God. Let us, then, pray to Him for it continually. How can we pray to Him without being with Him? How can we be with Him but in thinking of Him often? And how can we often think of Him but by a holy habit which we should form of it ? You will tell me that I am always saying the same thing. It is true, for this is the best and easiest method I know ; and as I use no other, I advise all the world to do it. We must know before we can love. In order to know God, we must often think of Him; and when we come to love Him, we shall then also think of Him often, for our heart will be with our treasure. This is an argument which well deserves your consideration.” – Brother Lawrence
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The Plane Just Crashed Into The Mountain: “Happy Birthday Karl Marx” – The NY Times carries this editorial alongside a massive, full color pic of a 30 foot tall bust of Karl Marx being erected or renovated somewhere. The author of this screed is Jason Barker who claims the mantle of “associate professor of philosophy” at Kyung Hee University. Barker ends his mal-informed critique then endorsement of Marx thus.
“Marx, as I have said, does not offer a one-size-fits-all formula for enacting social change. But he does offer a powerful intellectual acid test for that change. On that basis, we are destined to keep citing him and testing his ideas until the kind of society that he struggled to bring about, and that increasing numbers of us now desire, is finally realized.” [Emphasis-mine,]
Newsflash, professor, we already live in Marx’s world, replete with global denials of God and The Faith and global pursuits of material wealth unseen in human history. Thanks, Marx.
“Mitter Chur” DOES Do ‘Murican History – One of the knocks I’ve heard of my current radio program here on the CRUSADE Channel is that it quit doing “Founding Fathers / ‘Murican history” topics. I’ve lamented this accusation and labored, on-air, to demonstrate its falsity. I’ve also labored here to continue sharing knowledge of that most interesting topic. Such is the case of M.E. Bradford’s 1979 book A Better Guide Than Reason which I recommended to listeners last month and citing Clyde Wilson’s august review of the book, encourage reading it again. Wilson’s review is a hoot as well.
“The American tradition was bipolar. Counterposed to the predominant Old Whiggery of the South and Middle States was the Puritan inheritance of New England which implanted deeply in the American fabric a latent proclivity for destructive rebellion as opposed to the restorative effort of the original War of Independence. In laying out the fundamental differences between Jefferson arid Franklin, often thought to be on the same wing of the Revolution, liberals and cosmopolitans together, Bradford is at his most subtle and skillful. They were very different kinds of cosmopolitans and liberals. Jefferson, whatever his private opinions, was as a public man first and always a Virginian, navigating with reference to the fixed star of Virginia law and custom. Franklin prefigured the modern American—a rootless solipsist, literally a self-made man, gliding and manipulating his pleasant and benevolent way through a world that lacked any stable identity.”
So, are you a Jeffersonian or a FrankLincolnian?
What’s The Western World Good For? Well, Pretty Much Everything You Care About Conserving For Starters – Without even realizing their useful idiocy to Mammon, progressive elites continued assault on the smoldering remains of the Western world fails to recognize 2 things. The first is that the tools needed to assail and bring the West to an end were created and made part of “life” by the same West and second that West would not have succeeded if not for its being led by the heroes of the Catholic Faith, we call them saints. Robert Merry does a service by pointing out and defending the former but fails to mention the latter by name. I believe this is one of our major problems: an entity is either religious or irreligious and while we are all too eager to promote the latter we are almost fearful of the former especially if it contains the “C” word.
Who’s Afraid of Michelle Wolf? – The “comedienne” Michelle Wolf, took to the dais at the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner to regale the Media Industrial Complex goons in attendance with standard fare they revel in promoting: adultery, pornography, contraception and abortion. Wold is under assault from the usual suspects in the “conservative” media but for what? The attendees are part of the revolving door clique that has made our imperial city imperial and soulless, what did anyone expect Ms. Wolf to crack jokes about, the lethal results of the attendees love affair with Marx, Sanger and Hefner? Pat Buchanan has another spin: the anti-Trumpers showed what kind of people are professional anti-Trumpers.
“Most of the Washington press corps at that dinner have next to nothing in common with the folks who voted for Trump and cheered him in Michigan. And Hillary Clinton surely spoke for many of the Beltway media laughing at Wolf’s jokes when she said: ‘(Y)ou could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. … The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic … (Trump) tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks—they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.’ It’s good to know what folks really think of you.”
Like I have been saying for months now, our elite ruling masters do not care what we think or even whether or not we’re on to their clearly diabolical reign. What are we going to do to stop them? Oremus….
How Did Alder Hey Get Thomas Evans To Stand Down? – If you’ve been following the Alfie Evans saga then you are familiar with Thomas Evans, Alfie’s father,. and the term “familiar” is key here because Thomas has been on every conceivable media outlet pleading his son’s case for the last 40 days. Yesterday though, Tom came to the microphone with a prepared statement about reconciling with the POW camp that has held his son and basically told his supporting cast to go home and shut up. Wow. Do these bastards in the diabolically secular UK government know how to play the game they’ve created or what? LifeSite News speculates on similar sentiments.
What did Alder Hey hospital threaten to do to Alfie and his parents that would compel the toddler’s dad Tom to read to the press what is now being called by many a “hostage letter”?
Hostage is appropriate because Alder Hey is for all practical intents, a government run prison camp for Alfie Evans. I will offer one theory: The Evans’ were told they’d live happy, stress-free lives if they cooperate with The State and vow their eternal silence on the matter and sign a diabolical, non-disclosure agreement. The evidence and history of the NHS & Alder Hey’s baby body part emporium say my theory has logic, previous disclosure and motive going for it. Thus the Truth has been rejected yet again as the sinister power of the secular state is on display again for all to see. It’s raining and its 1936 in Berlin, all over again.
The Demons Have Come For The Children And They Now Run California – You’ve all heard me opine “the demons are ascendent, they have come for the children and they won’t take ‘no’ for an answer!” Well, if the California Senate bows to the diabolically inspired bill that has cleared its Assembly, the demons have succeeded in outlawing helpful care, therapy and READING for those children and adults suffering gender dysphoria-you just can’t make this stuff up folks. From Lifesite News.
““Sexual orientation change efforts” are defined as “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation.” Other states have enacted narrower bans on “conversion therapy,” also known as reparative therapy, for minors, but CBS Sacramento that California’s is the first in the nation that would also prevent adults from voluntarily obtaining the treatment.”
If this bill passes, the courts will interpret it as applicable to books and other media and eventually, mark my words, religious efforts. Put another way, “going Carmelite” will basically be the only “treatment” in the form of a sacrifice and intense mortification, available. The demons have come, and they’re winning.
Superman: Saving Murican Pop Culture Since 1938 – Did you know that Action Comics, Issue # 1,000 is coming up!? A.C. Gleason has the top 10 Superman issues ever. I personally vote for the 1976 Superman vs Spiderman series, drawn by comic impresario Neal Adams.
A Civilization In 6 Words: Babies Make Families – Here is Emily Clark’s wonderful little essay Babies Make Families that so many have thanked me for reading on-air I am linking to it so you can read and share for yourself.
“After all, who among us parents doesn’t have people in their lives whom they never would have met if not for their children? These stronger connections are the very bedrock of a strong, thriving society, and our leaders would do well to encourage all of us to continue building these foundations, one baby at a time.”
Clark has written of what Christians used to know as the most important and natural part of their lives, not some anomaly that needs study and explanation.
A Quiet Place: Are Ascendent Demons, Coming For The Kids, The Monsters? – I saw the new film A Quiet Place on Friday night last and I can tell you it is a very special piece of art. A.C. Gleason has a review of it here and I generally agree with what he says about the film with some important additions. For the first time in years, John Krasinski presents a loving family as a single unit with a very strong father at its head. In 2018 this is no small achievement and Krasisnski gets away with it because of the novelty of silence he introduces in the film. I don’t want to spoil the plot but the family schemes to thwart the ravenous creatures that cause the silence from feasting on the family’s newest addition: a baby. There’s so much to like about this film I plan a full review later this week. This is 4 Reagan movie-making here, go see it!
Why You Need To Listen To The Pearcing Truth’s Series On Economics As If Families Mattered – The Federalist headline screams the current state of our civil, “economic” affairs. Yo, Big Business: Money Doesn’t Give You A Right To Manipulate Politics. It doesn’t? Then are you ready to begin implementing a system of Distributism, solidarity and subsidiarity? While ‘Murican Government has become the national religion, business and the exchange of money for pleasure and profit have become her powerful parishioners. Since we rarely know the people who grow or make our food or anything else for that matter, business has become a ubiquitous, requisite agent for exchange of what we want, mildly tempered by what we are willing to borrow to get it. Micro systems of barter exchange are gone, save for the rare entities that have carved out niche markets serving the locals, folks we used to call friends and neighbors. My ongoing feature series with the author of Small Is Still Beautiful, Joseph Pearce, delves heavily into this subject and is MUST LISTENING for anyone truly interested in avoiding Amazon et al from controlling the food supply and thus what is acceptable, secular behavior to get it. Download all 4 Episodes here.
The book’s stories are harrowing from the point of view that bodies and lives are being physically altered with no chance of repair. This is being done, allegedly, to bring about a more fairer world in which those born into the bodies of the sex they believe is not for them. But what is fair about having your breasts cut off while being doped up with drugs that get you banned from any professional sport? This is the work of Beazelbub and the boys and the poor souls who undergo these mutilations are the prizes.
The Religion That ‘Murican Politics Has Become – When Donald Trump as President, shows up at a rally to commemorate or promote something, the event takes on a religious tone; think about it. Before the President – the priest – enters the temple – the speaking stage – prayers are recited in unison – the Pledge of Allegiance – then an opening canticle is chanted – the National Anthem – then the priest makes his procession to the altar – the dais with the holy crest of the office of the President – then the priest begins “the mass” – making the political pronouncement and explaining why it is good for the congregation. When “the mass” is finished, the choir strikes up a driving beat of a “patriotic song” which serves as the post communion hymn and then the congregation takes leave to go and evangelize the gospel they just took in to unwashed masses – let the conversions begin! Michael Davis writes of this and makes the proper conclusion: All Politics Is Religion.
“Movement conservatism, meanwhile, is a kind of Protestantism. The Constitution fills the role of the Bible. It is immutable, if not infallible, and we must hold it, as Hamilton said, in “sacred reverence.” Like Protestantism, this conservatism defines itself by what it isn’t—monarchism, socialism, etc.—just as Protestantism is a blanket term for those Christian sects that arose in opposition to the Catholic Church. Jefferson and Adams are like Calvin and Luther: united by a common enemy more than a common creed.”
Armed with my description of a ‘Murican “Conservative Church” service, next time you see this transpire on Fox News and the propagandists for the faith wait breathlessly for the priest to arrive and mass begin, see if my description above is correct and if it is, know then what the takeaway is: The Faith has been replaced in most ‘Murican’s daily lives by the faith (sans caps intentional) in ‘Murica.
It’s April 2018 And The Immodesty Is About To Go Nuclear Because It WENT Nuclear – Venerable Bishop Sheen called out ‘Muricah back in the 1960’s while speaking to a group of young Catholics on “Youth and Sex”: “8:15 in the morning, the 6th of August, 1945, when we flew a military plane over this city, when we dropped that atomic bomb on it; that bomb on blotted out boundaries. There was no longer a boundary between the military and the civilian, between the helper and the helped, between the wounded and the nurse and the doctor, between the living and the dead. For even the living who escaped the bomb were already half dead. So we broke down boundaries and limits and from that time on the world has said we want no one limiting me. … You want no restraint, no boundaries, no limits. I have to do what I want to do. Now let’s analyze that for a moment, is that happiness?”
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The Tragedy of Post Christian, Philosophia Perennis Devoid Thinking – Read this piece from AmConMag writer Noah Millman to get a closeup view of why Philosophia Perennis is so desperately needed to corral the erroneous thinking Men are sure to engage in when NOT grounded in the eternal quest for True Wisdom i.s. Sapientia. The issue Noah, is not whether “only the Saints” can live by the Magisterial code, it is that by God’s Grace the Saints DID live the Tradition WHILE receiving the Graces needed to do so. You cannot approach Grace as zero sum, mathematics, as in if I do ______ I will receive ______ “Grace credits” but if I do ______I will have deducted ______ Grace Credits. Grace is present in the world and we are given the supply needed at Baptism, the suffering of the Christian Faithful is simply to maintain the state you enter at Baptism, using the Gospels and the Traditional Teaching as MEANS to that END. As Padré Gaetano tells us in Humility of Heart: “And has not a saint abundant reasons, from the thought of his own weakness, to live always in a state of great humility, when he knows that from one hour to another he may lose the grace of God and the kingdom of heaven which he has merited by years of laboriously-acquired virtues? “Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.”