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Sapientia et Veritas – That this is said with respectful feeling for the Emperor, no one can deny. For what is more full of respect than that the Emperor should be called the son of the Church. As it is said, it is said without sin, since it is said with the divine favour. For the Emperor is within the Church, not above it. For a good emperor seeks the aid of the Church and does not refuse it. As I say this with all humility, so also I state it with firmness. Some threaten us with fire, sword, exile; we have learned as servants of Christ not to fear. To those who have no fear, nothing is ever a serious cause of dread. Thus too is it written: Arrows of infants their blows have become.” – Sermon Against Auxentius on the Giving Up of the Basilicas – Saint Ambros
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Misery & The City – 20 years ago this week, HBO brought the idea that women “could have sex like men” to television in the form of the show Sex And The City. Nevermind that men shouldn’t have been “having sex like men”, HBO’s gambit was that liberating women from traditional rites like marriage and chastity before wedlock “stifled” women’s “growth”, enter Carrie Bradshaw and the Sex And The City harlots. Now, 20 years later, many women who took the show as serious life advice have regrets. Isn’t it amazing how nearly every deviation from the practice of Christianity, when viewed over the long-term, creates human suffering, misery and the assurance of an unhappy death? Maybe God actually does know what he’s doing when he issues commands like “Honor thy father and thy Mother” and “do not covet thy neighbor’s wife”?!
• Demons Are Ascendent – LGBT-pushing Fr. James Martin to speak at Vatican’s World Meeting of Families
“French Catholicism” Isn’t Dead, You’re Looking For It in The Wrong Places – My friend Chris Ferrara has informed me of the spectacular turnout to this year’s pilgrimage to Chartres that included Marion Mérechal, niece of Marine le Pen. Mérechal, you will recall, stunned the CPAC DeceptiCONS with a speech loaded with Catholic doctrine and condemnation of the secular EU. This year, almost 20,000 Catholics including 3,000 or so ‘Muricans made the 75 mile walk from Notre Dame to Chartres to hear Cardinal Sarah speak of the “First daughter of The Church’s” stunning comeback. Meanwhile, Rod Dreher channels Orthodox author Jeane Claude Larchet in lamenting the “autopsy” of French Catholicism, proclaiming the old-girl dead and ready to be buried. French, traditional Mass goers might have something to say about that.
Good Food Isn’t The Same As God’s Food – Anthony Bourdain was a very talented tour guide and telecaster. He traveled the world in search of the corporeal realm’s Good, True and Beautiful, found it and presented it to the world via TV. Yet Bourdain missed out on the greatest and most beautiful food there is: the bread and wine offered during the celebration of The Holy Mass. There are writers and mourners who want to say this but just cannot bring themselves to the being unfriended on Facebook this will cause; but it might also cause the fallen away, lukewarm or reprobate to examine their conscious and turn or return to that buffet. Dusty Gates comes close to hitting this target.
“Anthony Bourdain’s death was a reminder that good food is not enough. Good atmosphere, good conversation, and good meals can take us a long way towards joy. But they are never substitutes for joy. Those things only give us true joy if they are accompanied, or, perhaps more accurately, preceded by a relationship with the Lord who gives us all these good things, and provides them with their significance.”
Bourdain missed the significance of this beauty and this bounty, let us pray his suicide brings fans to that realization.
What Happens When Christians Go Facebook “Viral” And Then Rely On It For Traffic? – The short answer is you are at the mercy of Mark Zuckerburg and Larry Page at best and at worst all of FANG. The reality of our digital age is that if you cannot navigate the FANG waters you cannot grow an online business or presence. Trust me. I have tried to do this for 2.5 years now and we are suppressed at every turn. We’re even giving a car away-a viral, buzz creating event if there ever was one-yet the only “bump” we get is through direct, one to one marketing. The gentleman that started the Babylon Bee can bear witness to this phenomenon.
“These two experiences helped bring about a disturbing epiphany for me. Here’s the short version: Facebook and Google are extremely liberal and they have massive control over what information reaches billions of people every day. Facebook the company is structured so Mark Zuckerberg—liberal Silicon Valley billionaire—has nearly complete control. Google the company is structured so Larry Page and Sergey Brin—liberal Silicon Valley billionaires—have nearly complete control. These are not co-ops. Facebook has hooked the world onto their service and now controls what information we see as we mindlessly scroll through our feeds all day. Google has a monopoly on search and controls what information we see when we ask any questions about anything. Almost everybody knows this, but it isn’t until somebody starts talking about it that people consider the implications.”
This is why The CRUSADE Channel as an independent broadcasting concern and friends of ours like Canon212.com are important-we are the resistance and that’s not hype.
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 June 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.”