Mandeville, LA – Today’s Pile of Prep: most of the stories and research used to put together the Mike Church Show on the Veritas Radio Network’s CRUSADE Channel. 2017 is here and WELCOME to the All-New, Mike Church Show on the CRUSADE Channel, listen LIVE for Free (don’t cost nuthin’).
Sapientia et Veritas -It is worth remembering that the Rule, a document that has served for the sanctification of thousands upon thousands of people through every imaginable vicissitude of human life, made not a single reference to what was going on in the world at the time it was written. These great and memorable historical movements which the young Benedict was witness to, made not one iota of difference to the task immediately at hand.” – Hillary White, Its The End of The World As We Know It
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DeceptiCONNED: The Deep State’s Spyin’ Eyes Just Got Contract Extensions – The vote toe extend the FISA surveillance program WITHOUT alterationa nd in fact with new tyrannies added was successful thanks to Prewsident Trump, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and, wait for it, Nancy Pelosi. See how the Ruling Elite are actually on the same page when it comes to their powers as bishops of democracy? Glenn Greenwald sums the cabal up perfectly.
“One can, of course, reasonably debate the proper balance between privacy, civil liberties, and national security. Questions of how much power to vest law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the name of terrorism are not always simple ones. But if there is any principle that ought to command support across party and ideological lines, it’s the one long embedded in the Constitution: We do not want our government spying on us unless it can first obtain a warrant to do so — the principle that was trampled on yesterday by the unholy alliance of Trump, the GOP congressional leadership, Nancy Pelosi, and Adam Schiff.”
Only our Elite Ruling Masters can possibly conceive of how the FISA, wholesale collection of the known universe’s private data “keeps ‘Muricans safe”.
Q: Safe from WHAT?
A: The newer residents of Clarke, Loudin, Stafford and Clarke counties from leading productive lives and dealing with the terms the rest of us deal with like: Ramen, rent and the reality of unemployment.
What Does A Yellow Light Mean? – It probably means you are traveling on a “stroad” when you should be on either a street or a road and there is a BIG difference. Charles Marohn explains that ‘Muricans have been building “stroads” at a breakneck pace the last 60 years and the toll on taxpayers and communities is evident for all to see (and feel).
“A stroad is the worst kind of transportation investment we can make, yet we build them all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. If you are driving between 25 and 50 miles per hour, you are probably on a stroad. They are everywhere. That’s because of the way in which transportation professionals approach street construction. As they do with roads, they start the process by selecting a design speed.”
I have talked about this before and love reminiscing about the old highway system – that built ROADS – without the federal leviathan’s approval or involvement. The history of numbered highway systems goes back to 1914 and the creation of the ‘Murican Association os State Highway Transportation Officials.
Where Are The Real Manly Men? v- Well, they aren’t being killed on jobsites anymore but they are allegedly being killed by gluten and lack of Peleton bicycles. Article by The Z-Man. “My grandfather’s generation had the very real fear of starvation. Men were still routinely killed on work sites and personal violence was a part of a normal man’s life. They never heard of soy or ADHD, but they were willing to open the door for women to take over the culture. For thousands of years men knew how to control their women. Then they didn’t.”
Californians Create New California To Evade The Old California Government – AKA Why New Hampshire has 8 year waiting period before Massachusetts ex-pats can run for government offices. The “New California” movement is the latest effort to carve off the state’s rural areas from its urban areas. Looking at the map of what would be New California, I am immediately struck by the massively out-of-scale organization of the current California and the concept that somehow it needs to remain as one state! It is at least 6 states right now yet the author of the piece at Newsweek insists the “effort is almost certain to fail”. So, Hotel California was not a work of fiction by the Eagles it was work of truth where eagles are fiction. (thanks Chesterton!)
Will You Go Georgetown, Impostor Catholic or Will You Go Carmelite? – I lamented the recent announcement that the Catholic Impostors at Georgetown University are to break ground on a new, Catholic, LGBTQ “Discovery Center” wherein impostors posing as Catholic students can get in touch with, experiment with, participate in the “diversity” of lesbianism and other sodomite “lifestyles”. Kelly Marcum exposes the fake catholics without calling them such (she leaves that to me).
“The LGBTQ lobby has managed, for all practical purposes, to appropriate and redefine what cura personalis means within the gates of Georgetown, and has persuaded the Jesuit administration, with seemingly little difficulty, to go along with their game.”
Do those who try and wed Catholic moral teaching with its antithesis really think they are doing the souls of those who will swallow their apostle-arsenic any favors! If they do, then they should find good company with faithful Lutherans in their muses’s charge to “sin boldly” and then also become heretics. Does Georgetown not teach of the sacrifice of the 16 Carmelite nuns at the Guillotine scaffold on 17 July, 1794? Did those nuns die for the faith and to end the great terror (which they gracefully did) or for an “outdated” moral teaching and doctrine? I’d like to see a Guillotine at Georgetown to lop off the venerable term “Catholic” from “Georgetown”.
Now Just Wait A Cotton Pickin’ Minute Before You Chant USA! USA! – I have an uncle who is aBIG supporter and friend of Senator Tom Cotton – [R] AR – I told him 2 years ago that as a Catholic, he should have a talk with Cotton about his bellicosity in foreign policy before he led Oppenheimer’s Charge up the missile silos of Montana and started a thermo-nuclear war. Now Cotton says that human life itself cannot exist in the same biosphere with the current regime in Iran. Does that not read like the ramblings of a Soviet commandant!? Justin Litke has some advice for Cotton: try reading the ‘Muircan Founders like Henry Clay.
“a question for themselves…. Anxious as I am that they should be free governments, we have no right to prescribe for them. They are, and ought to be, the sole judges for themselves…. Our own Revolution stands on the basis of the right of a people to change their rulers. I do not maintain that every immature revolution, every usurper, before his power is consolidated is to be acknowledged by us; but that as soon as stability and order are maintained, no matter by whom, we always have considered, and ought to consider, the actual as the true government. General Washington, Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Madison, all, while they were respectively presidents, acted on these principles.”
President Trump Agrees With Saint Thomas Aquinas On Immigration – The firestorm over President Trump’s remark to Senator Dic Durbin that we have too many immigrants from “sh*thole” countries and not enough “from Norway” has triggered the requisite media meltdowns but no one has asked the ultimate question: why should any country of sovereign, culturally linked people, have to surrender those two qualities via immigration? Pat Buchanan asks the question and offers a ‘Muricah first explanation, but if we want a philosophically sound answer that just happens to be Christian as well, let’s consult St Thomas Aquinas.
President Trump Agrees With Saint Thomas Aquinas On Immigration II – In his Summa Theologica, Question 105 of the First Part, St Thomas answers the question about immigrating foreigners into Jewish cities. St Thomas’ answer is basically the same answer and theory that James Madison used against the Alien part of the Alien and Sedition acts.
“I answer that, Man’s relations with foreigners are twofold: peaceful, and hostile: and in directing both kinds of relation the Law contained suitable precepts.” [emphasis mine-MC]
While James Madison used “alien friends/enemies” the points are the same. John Horvat breaks down St Thomas’ wisdom on immigration here.
USA! USA! Chanting To Deploy More Military Is “Killing Our Kids” – Major Danny Sjursen, US Army confirms what I and others have been telling you for over a decade. No good can become of enlisting entire generations of young men in the service of profiteering for the MIC while being asked to remake the world i ‘Muricah’s image at the point of a gun. NONE. Major Sjursen:
“We’re killing these kids, we’re breaking the army!” he exclaimed.
He went on to explain the competing requirements for standard, conventional army units—to say nothing of the overstretched Special Forces—in 2018: balancing Russia in Eastern Europe, deterrence rotations in South Korea, advise and assist missions in Africa. Add to that deployments to the usual hotspots in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He was genuinely concerned about the physical and emotional toll on the active-duty force, pushed to its limits by 17 years of perpetual combat. After all, with high military suicide rates now labeled the “new normal,” and a recent succession of accidental training deaths, it seems reasonable to wonder whether we are, indeed, “killing [our] kids.” [Emphasis mine, MC]
Read the whole thing and join me in the campaign to end the standing army that “is killing our kids”.
Defying God’s Love For Chastity Before Marriage, There’s An App For That – There is nothing LESS natural than an app called “Natural Cycles” that purports to help fornicating women chart their fertility and thus know when going all Sex And The City is “safe”. Problem is, the app has a failure rate and some users are, wait for it, becoming pregnant! Note the wording of the app maker’s response to this “crisis”.
“In a statement to SVT, Natural Cycles said: “No contraception is 100 per cent and unwanted pregnancies is an unfortunate risk with any contraception.” [Emphasis mine]
The statement should read there is an “unfortunate risk with any fornication” because its not the app’s fault, it’s the fornicator’s fault. The very idea that an “app” gives license to willy nilly hedonism is as sad a sign of our wretched times than anything else.
DeceptiCONNED: The War-Hawks Have Quietly Taken, One Trump Tower – Kelly Beaucar Vlahos has a must-read exposé on who the new kids on the block are singing “…better governing the world through the ‘Murican Military Empire, yeah, yeah, yeah, and we get opulently rich while the bombs fly, yeah, yeah, yeah!” For example, two new names have joined the band but they sing from the same old song book.
“This was [Nadia] Schadlow’s first position in government. Her résumé includes doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) under the tutelage of vocal Never Trumper and Iraq war promoter Eliot Cohen, who runs the largely neoconservative Strategic Studies program there, and whose last book, The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power, argued that the U.S., backed by a more robust military, must be the “guardian of a stable world order.” In that vein, Schadlow published a book last year, War and the Art of Governance, that extols the virtues of long-term military intervention for “achieving sustainable political outcomes,” requiring “the consolidation of combat gains through the establishment of stable environments.” [emphasis mine, MC]
So the Trump foreign policy has gone from ‘;Murica first to ‘Muricah first in the rest of the planet’s affairs. But don’t worry, you won’t have to pay for it, thanks to the recently passed tax bill, your kids and mine will. Who will be around then to “make ‘Murica great again”?
The Truth Will Set You Free But You’d Have To Hear It To Know That – If you have tried to get your friends and family members to listen to reason on the crumbling state of our culture and have been met with 70 foot tall, iron and mortar walls as a defense, you are not alone. Most ‘Muricans and most westerners simply do not wish to know how bad it has gotten and wish to remain content with their digital TV series binge watching, middle-class paychecks and increasing availability of cheap, unhealthy food they gorge on but never prepare. Rod Dreher relates his experiences on this phenomena:
“In the past couple of days, I’ve heard from two young pastors — one Protestant, the other Catholic — who report that their congregations don’t recognize what’s happening in our culture, and don’t want to see it. They are content to believe that things will always be this way. One of the men serves a somewhat liberal congregation, and the other a conservative one — but the response is the same. I’ve met both pastors before, and these are solid guys. And I’ve heard this over and over from other pastors, all over the country: people don’t want to know.“
They don’t want to know because they would then have to deal with it but we must be vigilant in our efforts to reach them and remain cheerful in that effort. Join me in my daily Rosary Crusade against legal protections for abortion, sodomy, fornication and cultural protections for the continuing revolt against The Faith.
Leviathan Will Taketh Away – It is beginning to dawn on some “Christian” universities that sans President Trump’s delaying the inevitable, the monstrous federal Leviathan’s courts are going to make universities stop teaching the faith where it contradicts the faith that is ‘Muricanism. Carl Trueman warns that Title IX civil rights funding will be the camel’s nose under the tent that causes this relationship twixt federal funding of student loans and “faith-based” universities to crash and burn and then…?
“Thus, for Christian educational institutions, the way ahead may be very hard. It will not simply be a matter of budgeting without federal loans. It could easily become a matter of budgeting without not-for-profit status. That double whammy is likely to annihilate many of those institutions which refuse to accommodate themselves to the dominant sexual culture. And that means that educators may need to look to new models of pursuing their callings.”
I’d say that the future is small, very specific education outposts like Wyoming Catholic, Christendom College (Front Royal Virginia) and our friends who will open in 2019 Collegium Angelorum Sanctorum.
Home School of Horror In Land of Fruits and Nuts – The Turpin family of mom, dad and 13 children will soon become the whipping post for those determined to end home schooling after the children were found shackled to their beds, mal-nourished and filthy. This is a house of horrors that screams diabolical influence.
DeceptiCONS Strike Back: “Liberalism Is Star Spangled Awesome, Mitter Deneen” – It had to happen, the DeceptiCON assault on Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed (hear my interview with Deneen here) as a whiny, poorly conceived view of ‘Muricah’s moral problems, has been written. Such is the view of David Brooks, the resident “moderate” conservative at the NY Times. Brooks doesn’t mince words and gets to the point halfway through his screed:
“Deneen’s book is valuable because it focuses on today’s central issue. The important debates now are not about policy. They are about the basic values and structures of our social order. Nonetheless, he is wrong. Liberal democracy has had a pretty good run for 300 years. If the problem were really in the roots, wouldn’t it have shown up before now?”
Ummm, you mean like in the “peculiar institution” of slavery? You mean in the death of 840,00 during the war of Northern Aggression? You mean in providing intellectual protection i.e. “freedom of speech” to the likes of Margaret Sanger and other eugenicists whose theories wqould be tried out on Germany and the rest of Europe during Hitler’s reign? Yes, David, Liberalism has had its trial run, been found wanting and in need of finding a resting place in history’s ash bin.
Hello, I’m From The Trump Administration And I’m Here To Help – I talked about this on the first show of 2018: President Trump has delivered on some of what he said he would including the omnipotently important protection of innocent life. He has also followed through on taking a meat cleaver to the EPA’s war against coal and most recently announced plans to expand offshore oil exploration in every major waterway including the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean. Ryan Girdusky points out that Trump has also been taking federal regulations to the paper shredder at a pace never before seen. But before you start doing the wave around the break room table understand that the $4.5 TRILLION headed hydra that is the federal beast is set to expand under Trump and the MIC’s growth is frightening.
FINALLY! Someone Other Than Me Calls Real Men To Real Battle With Real Rosaries In Hand – I was beginning to think I’d die the “lone voice crying in the wilderness” against the misguided idea that those practicing a Franciscan/Dominican/Augustinian (insert Church Doctor/Father name here) can peacefully co-exist with the emerging sodomite states or for that matter any state practicing liberalism. Adrian Vermeule is a professor of law at Harvard of all places and he just so happens to be an orthodox Catholic with a big mouth (a fellow traveler!).
“There is no reason to think that a stable, long-term rapprochement between Catholicism and the liberal state is realistically feasible, whether or not it would be desirable; nor should Catholics allow themselves to become ultimately attached to any particular time, place or human political order.” [emphasis mine]
But Vermeule isn’t finished with his CRUSADER manifesto. Setting his sights on the resident doyenne’s of approved Catholic intellectual thinking, The NY Time’s Ross Douthat and the editor of First Things RR Reno, Vermeule says what is crying to be said and then defended. If you live in ‘Muricah, in 2017, count your allies carefully and know that they are in a precarious minority that is at war with a diabolical majority that rejects living a Catholic life, in accordance with ‘Murican law and diabolical custom, as a non sequitir.
“It would also be foolish to trust that those forces will not again be in the ascendancy, with the capacity to bring decisive force to bear. The Trump administration, crippled by moral compromises, almost certainly amounts to merely a temporary respite. Douthat betrays a misunderstanding of political science when he puts his trust in the law and the judiciary in general and Kennedy in particular. Sooner or later, and probably sooner, political control over judicial appointments means that judicial views will inevitably be brought into conformity with the views of the wider society, which in the America of 2018 are increasingly dismissive of central tenets of Catholic doctrine.”
Read the whole thing here. I continue to maintain that we shouldn’t care about the numerical values of our “movement”, instead resolve to make a common petition through daily rosaries and regular fasting and prayer. (I know, sounds so “desert father” doesn’t it).
The Ice Age Cometh…For Realz – Since 2008, I have been telling readers of this site and my radio show listeners that while climate change IS occurring it is a naturally occurring event and not the doomsday calamity the tree-hugging commies claim. Since 2010 I’ve been informing you of the coming “little ice-age” that will result from our sun going into a quiet cycle like it does every 200 years or so. This was as popular a position as the ice salesman finds himself in while in Anchorage. Well, what I was telling you was based upon the science of solar cycles, the rickety orbits of the gas giant planets (they are elliptical) and the historical climate record. Now we are beginning to see the full effects of the sun going more quiet with each passing year and each passing cycle of 12-15 years and the evidence for this to be a trend and not a Roland Emmerich movie catastrophe is real and growing as fast as the record low temps being set all across ‘Muricah. Read this brief summary of 7 recently completed studies on solar cycles and cooling periods and you’ll see what the real threat to humanity is: the coming “little ice-age”!
When Machiavelli Runs Out Of Ammo, You Get Trumpzilla’d – I just read then re-read President Trump’s statement in response to claims made by Steve Bannon in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury book about the Trump White House’s early days. Whether Bannon told Wolff the truth or not we may never know but we do know this: Bannon will have no future influencing Trump’s presidential decisions save for which newspaper to kindle fires with. What’s truly remarkable about this saga is that Bannon has made a real-world, living example of what Matthew Sheffield accurately called The Conservative Echo Chamber. Sheffield:
“It is poetic justice that many of the same people who pushed these naive positions and strategies saw their own imbecilic noise machine turned against their preferred presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, in this [2016’s] Republican primaries. The seeming success of Fox News and talk radio has made many conservatives think they now have a massive media empire. In truth, they have constructed an intellectual ghetto that no one else wants to visit.” [emphasis mine – MC]
The TRM bromides of bumper sticker solutions animated by the theoretical magic that “liberty” supposedly guarantees are all the TRM have left because that’s all they ever had. READ MY ENTIRE ESSAY ON THIS ISSUE HERE.
Diamonds, Not The ‘Murican “Republic” Are Supposed To Last Forever – Brad Birzer points out that the “republic for which it stands…” was not supposed to stand as long as it has.
“As Tom Woods and all sensible economists have recently claimed, the United States of America is simply insolvent. The only shocking thing is that no one in the mainstream media or financial institutions seems to care.”
Yes Brad, apathy toward the coming crash is a national pastime now celebrated with Twitter s”storms” and Facebook Live parties. Look at the Talk Radio Mafia hedonism festival going on right now after the GOP saved Endor by passing “tax reform” which ostensibly prolongs the life of “the republic” by giving the old girl a $50 billion per year shot in the arm of old fashioned, deep red, nay crimson, debt increases. Party on dude!
The U.S. Constitution Now REQUIRES Abortion & Contraception – When Judge Wendy Beetlestone made her ruling (in cahoots with Pennsylvania’s AG) last week against the Little Sisters of The Poor & The Trump Administration, she basically stated that because ObamaCare is “the law of the land” and because that law provided that the Federal Leviathan can require employers to provide “women’s reproductive care”, thus the U.S. Constitution now requires abortion and contraception. Margot Cleeland reports on the diabolical ruling:
“[I]n her 44-page opinion, Beetlestone concluded the Trump administration lacked the authority under the ACA to exempt employers from its birth control, abortifacient, and sterilization mandate. She also held the mandate did not substantially burden religious objectors’ rights and, in turn, did not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
Well, if the Trump Adminsitration doesn’t have executive prerogative to enforce the ACA, then who does, Judge Bettlejuice? The Bureau of Land Management? Planned Parenthood? And if this heinous, what I call “insure to kill order” doesn’t violate religious consciouses, then what in Margaret Sanger’s name will!? More reason folks, that the separation of us from This State must happen. The Feds AND some States are basically saying that baby-killing is now part of the Constitutional “order”. That is a legislative bridge too far, isn’t it?
DeceptiCON Central To Me: You’re Right Mitter Chur, There Will Be Revival of “Conservatism” Until The Catholic Church Revives – In a shocking essay splashed across the National Review’s website, Paul Ingrassia revives WFB’s criticism of the Catholic revolt against tradition that began 50 years ago and ties it to the general decline of the West. Ingrassia even makes the CRUSADE Channel/Mike Church Show’s point that political jockeying and “progress” cannot solve the decaying Western culture that is crying out for The Church to save her. Peter Kwasniewski (author of Noble Beauty), take a bow:
“Although Christians should know that God’s plan will ultimately prevail, the pitiful state of the West can be assuaged only when we begin to believe again that the Church is the sole source of divine truth. Real progress as traditionally understood can be achieved only through the reorientation of mankind to those fundamental tenets, as it was eloquently argued 16 centuries ago by Augustine in The City of God, and as it remains today, when the greatest gift to mankind, revealed per ipsum et cum ipso et in ipso, is still readily applicable, and perhaps of greater importance than ever before.”
Ingrassia even takes on the materialism obsession of his colleagues at the National Review (although not by name) as the saving paradigm it clearly is not. When the NR starts publishing features that actively, as opposed to metaphoric, identify a robust and dominant Catholicism as the antidote to ‘Muricah and the West’s ills, an event horizon for the future is at hand.
FROM TODAY’S MIKE CHURCH SHOW
Glasses Half Full: A Fashion Magazine Finds “Fashion” In Catholic Women Wearing Veils Again – Just when you think all sanity in feminine modesty has been lost, along comes a fashion magazine with a feature on the return to popularity of Catholic women wearing veils to Mass. Next thing you know someone is going to photograph Beyoncé in what seems to be clothes.
The Mike Church Show List Of The REAL Important Book List For 2017 – The editors of The Federalist have published their choices for 2017’s best books and as I would expect have left off their lists the books that will actually change people’s lives and even save souls. Any book that doesn’t promote the last things, cannot possibly be “important”. First, The Marian Option is well written handbook to install a Marian society in ‘Muricah that everyone would benefit from reading. Second Noble Beauty is the best defense of the Catholic Latin liturgy and its restorative powers in recent memory.
Is The FCC’s Undoing of Dear Leader’s Internet “Protections” really A Doomsday Pill For You? – I have already been taunted through a Facebook post, that the new “Net Neutrality” rules spell the end of all internet radio and the CRUSADE Channel. You can read Tyler Durden’s take on the issue here. The Austrian economics Mises Institute has this take that includes the following:
The First Church of ‘Muricah – Suzanne Sherman nails the point home of ‘Muricans worshipping at the first Church of ‘Muricah and just how ritualistic this putrid faith has become. “What started as a policy to promote military recruitment has surreptitiously evolved into a full-blown liturgy of national worship. Social mores now demand you stand and pay homage to the “nation” at every single sporting event. Football games have become a church of nationalism.” Yes! And the Pledge of Allegiance is the Pater Noster (Our Father).
DeceptiCONNED: Why The War Party Hates Putin – MBD posits that Putin “hatin'” has become a John Boltonesque blood sport precisely because he keeps showing up in the places ‘Murica’s aggression leaves him no option but to bolt to, like Crimea after Ukraine.
The accusations of Putin’s influence have been hottest precisely where democratic results have upset the historical self-confidence of the post-Cold War liberal order: Brexit and Trump. Putin’s influence is a way of explaining why the destiny of liberal champions was upset by populist ogres, why liberal policies haven’t pulled us into the final glory at the end of history, or why the liberal world was vulnerable to these “mistakes,” the ones produced by voters.
Of course, if you are reader of this space you know the real reason the DeceptiCONS despise Putin and Russia in general.
What Ale And Coffee Snobs Want For Christmas – Joseph Pearce gives us his literary recommendations for Christmas gift giving if you’re going to buy fiction books.
It’s January 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.”