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 – There is, however, a further question that arises from Zeus’ defence of himself. If he is so powerful, why does he permit the innocent to suffer? Why should the sins of the guilty cause suffering to the guiltless? If God could prevent such suffering of the innocent victims of sin but refrains from doing so, isn’t he also to blame? Isn’t he in some way an accessory to the sin? In other words, how can a good God permit bad things to happen to good people? “But God’s eternal laws are kind,” writes Oscar Wilde, “and break the hearts of stone.” And so broken hearts are necessary because, as Wilde asks, “how else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?” Oscar Wilde’s poignant question solves the problem of suffering and reveals the secret of Love. The One True Lover allows Himself to suffer so that we can see the meaning of love, and therefore the meaning of suffering, in the vision and presence of His wounded Beauty. – Joseph Pearce, Wounded Beauty, September 2017 St Austin Review
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The Vulgar Immodesty of #MeToo’er Aly Raisman – So let me see if I have this right, in order to be respected and “taken seriously”, women must ditch feminine modesty, ditch their clothes and be photographed nude for the planet’s fornicators to ogle and…. you know. The lack of any attachment to reality including the plain meaning of words is reaching pandemic proportions and the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is an embarrassing catalogue of it as Brith McHenry points out.
“But own that without masking it under a civil rights movement. Spiranac and any other models posing nude should admit it is still done, to varying degrees, for male attention, fame, and publicity. Please, stop trying to connect your personal exhibitionism to large-scale female empowerment.”
Yes, Aly, thanks for contributing to the male “empowerment” gained from watching KY Jelly commercials while reading SI.
Fat, Lazy, Petulant ‘Murican Catholics Can’t Be Bothered To Leave Their Hovarounds For Ashes – It had to happen: DRIVE THROUGH ASHES for the uninspired, lazy, fat “catholic” who could not be bothered to sacrifice 40 minutes and go to Mass and get their Ash Wednesday blessing and memento “mementum moré” – “remember death”.
Ashes, Ashes We All Fall Down…And Die – Today’s Veritas et Sapientia comes from Captain Kirk. Listen to William Shatner’s Ash Wednesday Ballad, here.
Music To A CRUSADER Knight’s Ears: What ‘Muricah Needs Is More Gentlemen – Peggy Noonan sails her substantial literary skills into the Return to Order Harbor with a call for Gentlemen to doff the matrosexual skinny jeans, emerge from behind their wive’s yoga pants, stand up and be counted.
“In the past 40 years, in the movement for full equality, we threw it over the side. But we should rescue that old and helpful way of being. The whole culture, especially women, needs The Gentleman back.”
Amen, sistah, amen.
A person of the cultural left would say that is a hopelessly patriarchal thing to say. But one thing the #MeToo movement illustrates is that women are often at particular risk in the world, and need friends and allies to stand with them. That would be men. And the most reliable of them are gentlemen.
Membah, Membah! When The USA! USA! Chant Was For A War Victory? – 10 years ago I would have called BOTH Iraq war/invasions “victories” and would have loved to attend their ticker-tape “victory” parades. Danny Sjursen reminds us that “hundreds” died in the first Iraq War to “liberate” Kuwait. Think about that: HUNDREDS died and for what? Think about this, more “hundreds” will die in Afghanistan and Iraq if we don’t come to our senses and retreat from both of those quagmires of military industrial complex profit. But now, CIC Trump wants a military parade!?
“Trump, following the lead of his predecessors, has turned the petty political appropriation of the troops into an art form. Soldiers are a pawn in the game, a very old game, in which the hawkish interventionists inspire the base and depict the opposition as dovish traitors. This is distraction, meant to disguise what amounts to paltry policy in foreign affairs; it’s spectacle not strategy.”
It’s true, all true “we are a war-like people”.
From Russia With Love – In #MAGA ‘Muricah all one has to say if one is caught with one’s hand ina cookie jar is “The Russians made me do it”. The Russians are blamed for everything and anything, they have become the RSTLNE of villains. Now, they are being fingered for interfering in ‘Murican elections that won’t occur for 8 months by none other than the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Wouldn’t it help Fake News makers if we just threw a token accusation Sweden or Norway’s way every once in a while or maybe Fiji…can’t trust those islanders now can we!?
John Horvat: The Coming Tomorrow Without God – Recent events support our civilizations descent into a disordered, secular chaos where the only defense and worship of God is done by a militant “remnant”. Don’t laugh, this future is being planned for right now (see AI story below). John Horvat has a telling piece on this very subject today. Reviewing the new book Hono Deus, Horvat sounds frightened.
“What makes Prof. Harari’s history of tomorrow so terrifying is that he is deadly serious about the project. Not only is he serous but he is joined by a secular establishment that has put this vision together. You see how this vision logically fits in with a vast framework of data networks that tend to make this future feel so very present.”
For more evidence of this read Hugh Owens’ magnificent review of Tielhard de Chardin’s work in the same direction. Note that today’s Mike Church Show discussion centered on this and my contention that the new catholic church has already been formed. The “c” is lower case because it isn’t The Holy replacement it is the unholy, secular Greek use of the term katholica meaning “universal” as in New World Order, one world government/religion.
LISTEN TO MY COMPLETE INTERVIEW WITH JOHN HORVAT ON THIS SUBJECT, CLICK HERE!
Dressing With Dignity: Time To Give Katie Perry-Like Immodesty The Heave And The Ho – Colleen Hammond’s book “Dressing With Dignity” (available here) sets the bar for modesty and dress but doesn’t just give fashion advice to girls and women, it give salvation advice:
“Style must never be a proximate [near] occasion of sin… It is often said, almost with passive resignation, that fashions reflect the customs of a people. But it would be more exact and much more useful to say that they express the decision and moral direction that a nation intends to take: either to be ship-wrecked in licentiousness, or maintain itself at the level to which it has been raised by religion and civilization.”
This is a subject near and dear to my heart and a vocation (dressing with dignity) I have pursued with zeal the last 2 years after realizing the damage done to other’s dignity by my lack of sartorial effort.
Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The Screws… – The transgenderMammy™ contagion has spread so deeply into the medical profession that young women are now being mutilated for profit without any oversight and no mental counseling. That is the conclusion of the new book When Harry Became Sally reviewed here by Austin Ruse, and it ain’t for the squeamish.
“One girl started on testosterone gel at 18, switching shortly thereafter to injections. At college her “voice broke,” her hips narrowed, her shoulders broadened. Then she had her otherwise healthy breasts amputated, an operation that was botched and left her with severe scarring. Anderson points out that in all these interactions with the medical profession she never received any counseling on why “she felt so strongly that she wanted to be a man.” She now says, “I have become a female who looks like a man. I will always have a broken voice and will never grow breasts…” And she never received even a moment of counseling.” [Emphasis mine-M.Ç.]
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.
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.”