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. 2016 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 -“Thus, We have reached one of the principal points in the Modernists’ system, namely the origin and the nature of dogma. For they place the origin of dogma in those primitive and simple formulae, which, under a certain aspect, are necessary to faith; for revelation, to be truly such, requires the clear manifestation of God in the consciousness. But dogma itself they apparently hold, is contained in the secondary formulae.
To ascertain the nature of dogma, we must first find the relation which exists between the religious formulas and the religious sentiment. This will be readily perceived by him who realises that these formulas have no other purpose than to furnish the believer with a means of giving an account of his faith to himself. These formulas therefore stand midway between the believer and his faith; in their relation to the faith, they are the inadequate expression of its object, and are usually called symbols; in their relation to the believer, they are mere instruments.” – St Pope Pius X, Pascendi Domini Gregis
Where’s P Diddy, LeBron And Zuckerberg With #Je Suis Jaques Hamel Tweets? – When the pornographers at Charlie Hebdo were attacked by Orthodox Muslims, nearly all the stars of the secular menagerie we call “social media” plastered their Facebook walls and their Twitter feeds with French flags and pledges of #je suis le Charlie Hebdo as if a stand for “the freedom of the press” to publish blasphemy and porn was going to bring the Grace of God to the fight against the Mohammedan. Timothy P Carney of the Washington Examiner pointed out at the time that the AP would not publish any of Charlie Hebdo’s anti-Mohammed cartoons but they DI publish the Heretic Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ. Below is Mark Zuckerberger’s post that the Charlie Hebdo attack “will not silence voices and opinions” as if mortally sinful publishing has a right to exist (it doesn’t). Where is Zuckerberger the alleged philanthropist and all around world healer to rush to the defense of the Catholic Church and her central Sacrament: the celebration of the Holy Mass!?
The Martyrdom of Fr. Jaques Hamel Rallies Some To The Real Battle – From Jean Duchesnes (French translation needed)Here today is something quite different. The purpose of the condemnation was not the West in general nor its complacent and selfish prosperity, [which] may seem insulting to the poor of the world. This was an attack at [the root of European civilization] — our very living source, if we forget – [what throughout history] quietly but irresistibly, it refreshes us explicitly and most intensely: the celebration of Mass. We must therefore ask: will the French (and others) identify with these victims — an elderly priest brutally murdered, and a handful of faithful and religious. Dare we dare say, “I am Father Jacques Hamel” as it was proclaimed, and repeated over and over again, “I am Charlie Hebdo?”
FLASHBACK: The 1985 Martyrdom of Father Jerzey Popieluszko, who died at the hands of Polish Communists he taught his flock to love regardless of the extent of their violent atrocities including the murder of Father Jerzey. “The priest was beaten to death by three Security Police officers: Captain Grzegorz Piotrowski, Leszek Pękala and Waldemar Chmielewski. They pretended to have problems with their car and flagged down Jerzy Popiełuszko’s car for help. Jerzy Popiełuszko was beaten up, tied up and put in the trunk of the car. The officers bound a stone to his feet and dropped him into the Vistula Water Reservoir near Włocławek from where his body was recovered on 30 October 1984.”
The “Bern’s” Burnout At The DNC – What a copout. Watching a emasculated Bernie Sanders give himself up to a gaggle of abortion craving, lesbian-promoting egomaniacal women, is the most embarrassing spectacle we’ve seen yet this year and we’ve seen a lot. This spectacle brings the demonic descent of the Dumbocrat Party full circle, like the gathering clouds over the high rise in Ghostbusters. How fitting that the party of radical nature haters makes its final gasp naturally subjecting their sole male strongman, Sanders (as lame as that is), into a pandering pile of “Heil Hillary”.
From Russia, With Love – First Slick Hilly denied the Russians were capable of hacking into her home-based server secured by the finest telegraph security dirty money can buy. Now that the DNC server has been hacked and emails dmaning Hillary and Debbie and Donna have become late night jokes, Mrs. Clinton’s peeps insist that the Russians did it. Got that? The Russians can’t hack your home PC but thye can hack the largest most powerful political party’s on earth servers at their whim. As Patrick J Buchanan points out, the smoldering ruins of Hillary’s ethical lapses are becoming insurmountable.
Muslim Orthodoxy Strikes INSIDE A Catholic Church – An 84 year old French priest was killed during a hostage crisis that began when 2 armed men entered the Church during the saying of the Mass. The Frenchies say they don’t know “the motive” of the attackers but it is apparent that Muslim orthodoxy is ta work as only this perversion is capable of committing such acts because it views the infidel as less than a cocker spaniel.
Muslim Orthodoxy Strikes II, Catholic Churches Now On ISIS “Hit-Lists” – A list found in the car of the priest-killer cited above shows the Catholic Church in Etienne was actually a pre-determined target. The evidence is mounting that Mammon’s minions in the form of Muslims, have set their sights on her ancient nemesis the Roman Catholic Church. Where are the CRUSADERS to 1. LIVE The Faith and 2. Make plans to DEFEND the Christian world and her relics?
The Disabled DNC Speaker’s Dilemma: Would A Hillary Acolyte Carry Her To Term? – As gruesome as that headline is there is certainly truth to it and a beautiful, disabled young woman like Anastasia Somoza should know it. Ms. Somoza stumped for abortionist Hillary and the diabolical democrat party who tried, with 177 members of their House caucus, to kill a GOP bill that provides criminal penalties for the “surgeons” who commit AFTER-BIRTH abortions. You read that right, the party of “Catholic” Tim Kanie cannot allow baby-killers to be treated as the murderers they are. Does Ms. Somoza NOT know this? What does she say to the real-life experience of thousands who have aborted disable children after their identification via ultrasound or other tests, see: “Why I Terminated My Pregnancy After Learning My Baby Had Down Syndrome.”
Tim Kaine-The Burger King Catholic, Is Party To THE Party of Death –
#NeverDeceptiCONNED – Trumpzilla’s elite, Media Industrial Complex haters just cannot wrap their brains around the fact that Donald Trump has commanded the attention of the middle of ‘Muricah in a breathtaking manner without their permission and assistance! Enter Matthew Sheffield, who follows this great tradition by proclaiming that Trump is no Barry Goldwater but that he is going to fail like Barry Goldwater did in 1964. But the post RNC polls and the fact that Trump is leading in “battleground states” shows that all the Sheffield/Dreher/Frum/Dougherty hissy fits cannot and will not derail the Trump train. Like it or not folks, my prediction of Trump winning 48 states to Hillary’s 2 is going to come true and we’re about to find out just how much a populist with a mandate can actually do to derail the $4 Trillion all you can eat buffet in Mordor on the Potomac River.
The DNC: The Truth Is It’s Diabolical, First Casualty – Truth has never been assaulted so harshly as when “Catholics” make heresy popular by asserting it isn’t heresy. Enter Senator Tim Kaine, little Margaret Sanger’s running mate, a “pro-abortion Catholic” and thus one departed soul from the Presidency. Where is Senator Kaine’s Bishop to privately counsel him to retract, confess, make penance and amend his way!? The teaching on abortion is as clear as Evian water, and no, you don’t get to moderate it or conform it to your personal tastes: “Therefore We base Our words on the first principles of a human and Christian doctrine of marriage when We are obliged once more to declare that the direct interruption of the generative process already begun and, above all, all direct abortion….” Read the whole thing here.
In Ted Cruz “See The Rotting Flesh of Reagansim – R.R. Reno posits that Ted Cruz is the last of the phony, cheap imitators of the great Ronald Reagan and that Cruz promoted what amounts to “the rotting flesh of Reagan” on a GOP carcass that should be buried.
When The #Truth Is Filmed, It Is A Powerful Witness – The New film The Innocents is piece of art that tells the story of a Polish Convent that suffered the horror of its sisters being raped by a Godless platoon of the Russian Army in 1945. Just watching the trailer after reading Brad Miner’s review was enough to make me misty eyed.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly i.e. The Fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz – The Politico has a detailed, well written timeline of the DNC Chair’s fall from a grace she never attained. The unethical idea that placing a pathological liar and unapologetic booster of those lies, when they promoted the Dumbocrat party, in charge of an entity as large and powerful of the DNC, is it’s own reward. The Dems have now named Donna Brazile, another alleged Catholic, who is personally “pro-life” to lead the party. As I have previously written about faux Catholic Tim Kaine, Catholics CANNOT condone, promote or give assistance to the mortal sin of abortion to say nothing of the DNC’s, Gore Vidal like promotion of homo-trans-bi sexual perversions.
KIll, Kill, Kill, USA! USA! USA! Is An EPIC Failure – Where is the proof that “taking the fight to the terrorists where they are” has actually worked? Keep looking because you won’t find it. Since 9-11 over 1.5 million Muslims have been exterminated/killed etc yet the number and spread of Jihadi activity has increase. As professor Andrew Bacevich points out: “While estimates of the overall death toll range widely, one reputable 2015 study calculated that a staggering 1.3 million Muslims have died due to violence since 9/11—jihadists and suspected jihadists along with mere bystanders categorized as collateral casualties. Yet no evidence exists to show that this vast bloodletting has diminished the threat.”
Will You Go Trans or Carmelite Pt 7,894 – A Catholic security guard was fired from his job at Macy’s because he kicked a man, pretending to be a woman, out of a restroom in the store AFTER a customer and her daughter asked for his help because the child was AFRAID to enter the bathroom. Folks, this is the future and most of us are going to be confronted by it very soon and will have to choose defending the natural law of God and the revealed law of Christ or paychecks and Facebook friends. Pope Leo XIII explains what “liberty” is. “Liberty, the highest of natural endowments, being the portion only of intellectual or rational natures, confers on man this dignity — that he is “in the hand of his counsel” and has power over his actions. But the manner in which such dignity is exercised is of the greatest moment, inasmuch as on the use that is made of liberty the highest good and the greatest evil alike depend.”
QUESTION: Last night Trump said there will be a “ban on immigrants from countries compromised by terrorism”. Ummm, ‘Muricah has been compromised by terrorism, can we [r]epublicans be deported (to Switzerland we hope)?! Seriously, this is a serious proposal, long overdue and basically pulls up the drawbridge. I volunteer to pull that chain myself.
It Takes A Single Mom’s Village To Raise A Church – If you think that today’s “bathroom wars” are just a silly argument over “choice” I have been sowing the seeds that you are lethally misguided. Now comes Kasey Triller, a single mother, who gets her catechism from the Catholic Church even though she claims it just comes “from God” (and to be clear, the Church’s Catechism IS The expressed law of God): “Church, we need to be bold. We need to fear God more than man. If we hide our light under a bushel, then Satan will surely blow it out. Until we can recognize that engaging cultural and political battles “is our duty,” the consequences of our apathy will be our shame.”
No David, It Is Not Courageous, It’s a Scandalous Outrage – I normally find David Harsanyi’s work at the Federalist moderate and insightful, that was then this is now. Harsanyi’s take that Ted Cruz’s scandalous, oath breaking, pride drenched denunciation of Donald Trump is an act of courage is just as outrageous. Cruz signed a pledge to endorse his party’s nominee if given the chance to do so at the RNC instead, a man who is probably not even eligible to hold the United States Senate seat he holds from Texas and is most certainly NOT ELIGIBLE for the presidency, chose to harangue Trump and the aduience about who is a “constitutional candidate”, well it cannot possibly be Cruz. Those cheering Cruz like the GOP hack David Frum, cheer him through the lens that anyone who opposes Trump must be lion hearted and have a bright future. Hey David, would you go into business, trust your daughter’s virginity or your wife’s dry cleaning with Ted Cruz after he signed a “pledge” to do so? Based on what evidence? Cruz is a prideful demagogue who makes a theatrical mockery of “conservatism” and he’s a liar. To lie your way onto someone else’s primetime stage is not an act of “courage”, David, it is an act of cowardice and deceit.
Tedley CruzRight To His Own, Disgraceful “Rescue” – The audacity of the Constitutional gadfly Ted Cruz, ineligible for the Presidency and probably his Senate seat too, reneging on a signed pledge so he could proclaim ANYONE as not “constitutional” is disgraceful. Don Feder, gets it…
Manly, Gentlemen Need To Step Up To “Fix ‘Muricah”, Donald Trump Has Stepped Up – As I have been writing and saying for 6 months now, the political hacks and Media Industrial Complex types cannot explain Trump, have constantly made him an over-achiever and now in their despair that hard work and smaller houses may be in their future, lash out at anything Trump and proclaim Trump boosters “invertebrates”. To this, Peter S. Reith CAN explain Trump and Trumpism. “Enter Donald Trump. The secret to his success has nothing to do with his policy, his views on this or that question of the day. He has demonstrated a straightforward knack to sound like your uncle Joe discussing politics over a root beer, changing positions, contradicting himself, misspeaking, displaying a mix of ignorance and passion. This is perhaps why people tend to enjoy listening to him and forgive him, because he is just talking about politics, like citizens of a republic sometimes do. Yet while this might explain his popularity, it does not yet explain his support. That, I venture, is due to his manliness. Mr. Trump offers America a chance to regain something we lost on account of the George W. Bush presidency: our confidence in ourselves as winners.”
DeceptiCONNED, Ted Cruz’s Disgraceful Exit Was Predicted – In the final 3 GOP debates, last spring, I told you that Tedley CruzRight had no chance to win, wasn’t trying to win or “defend conservative principles” but was ruthlessly positioning himself as the “King of Conservatism”, banking on a Trump electoral loss (which is NOT going to happen) and was mining good, decent people for email addresses and donations to fund that operation. Last night, Cruz proved me right and even the reliably moderate “conservative” Townhall.com knows it. “Well, now he’s the man who’s in that position because he wasn’t invited to the party. The Texas senator sees himself as a conservative rampart against a rising progressive tide. He’s made being an uncompromising conservative his brand. So, in a way, not endorsing Trump because he’s not a conservative Republican falls in line with that mindset.”
The Rich ARE Getting Richer Because The Parisitian Monks Have Rigged The System – F.H. Buckley has a must read essay at amconmag.com today, detailing the fact that the only civilized country that has a more sedentary-immovable barrier to income mobility is the U.K. People of Denmark have a better path at outearning their parents than ‘Muricans do and this is precisely the fault of the big-circle/little circle paradigm that ‘Muricah and its fortress city Mordor on the Potomac has become. Viewing these stats and the increasing acts of violence, and the monsters who perpetrate them, we are living among, paints a very bleak future for us if we aren’t prayerful and humble enough to avoid it. These conditions folks are eerily similar to the ones that existed in the years preceding the French “Revolution”, that most heinous, anti-clerical act in modern history. Pray we avoid it.
Why Our Yewts Are Eating Their Young They Refuse To Produce – The decline of Christianity has many boogie-men and villains to cast blame on but the principal villain is the one few will name: Pluralism. By Definition, Pluralism provides an ever expanding bay of religious “choices” as if there is no singular Truth that can be relied upon to guide the moral and spiritual affairs of men. I’m sorry to inform some readers but being your own pope and bishop and interpreter of “the scriptures” IS the culprit you rightfully rail against. Gracie Olmstead offers 5 solutions for anemic Millennial reverence that exclude the one solution that Tradition shows will work: orthodoxy in Truth and Liturgy.
Trumpzilla-The Very Loud, New, Spirit of ’76!? – I have been predicting a 48 state to 2 state blowout of Mrs. Clinton by Trumpzilla and the certainty I predict it with is linked to my contention that we are living in a revolution. That the Democrat and Republican scam artists have failed to deliver on the nirvana on the “American Dream”, they can allegedly provide, has whipped the hoi polloi into a rage that a mere election will not placate. This is the “Spirit of The Age”, the #TrumpNation movement, sick and tired and physically depleted, this movement will attempt, one last time, to use what Professor Marshall DeRosa calls “Remnants of the Constitutional System”, to reign the beast in and the criminal class it protects with the election of Trump. Should be fun….
Chris Cristie at #RNC: The AntiTrump – Whoever greenlighted NJ Governor Chris Christie’s Tuesday night address to the RNC must have been the same hack who greenlit the Mohammed worshipping Muslim who asked the aduience to pray with him “to God”. Christie basically slaughtered the idea that diplomacy ever works by “indicting” Mrs Clinton & Obama for the various “crimes” which included talking to the Castro Brothers; Christie’s worldview holds that the best, last, hope of earth is: the American military.
Logic Absolves Melania Trump of “Plagiarism” But Hillary’s Still a Liar – Our elite, opinion and emotion directing Media Industrial Complex are trying to save you and me – the peasant class – from buying into the ridiculous belief that Melania Trump might just be a real person, with a real story and is really elegant at telling that story to us and we all know we peasants have Melissa McCarthy and Honey BooBoo as our feminine sirens. But the media tyrants proclaim themselves intellectual titans uniquely capable of divining Mrs. Trump’s diabolical poaching of Mrs. Obama on “the evidence” that 1 paragraph in Trump’s speech sounds like Mrs. Obama’s. To counter that claim we can employ some simple logic: If I “aspire for greatness and wish to pursue my dreams to achieve that greatness” have I made a statement that can be said by someone else who never met me to describe the same SUBJECTIVE goal? If I relay my desire to “work hard and treat people equally” have I made a humble statement that can be repeated (hopefully!) by someone else I never met or whose works I read? The answers are logically, yes and yes but the media masters don’t employ logic.
DeceptiCONNED: AmConMag Writer Predicts a Hillary Blowout, Boo-Hoo – I am NOT on the Trump train but I remain convinced that the professional political class is all wet when it comes to their dogma that Trump will be clobbered by Mrs Clinton in November. This is because THEY DON’T GET IT – The Trumpzilla phenomenon is driven largely in defiance of the elite ruling class that INCLUDES the Media Industrial Complex ergo the more they pile on with their polls and formulas the more the TrumpNation becomes committed to proving them wrong. This is a populist revolt unlike anything seen in ‘Muricah since the Confederate Secessions of 1861. Anyone who doesn’t see this is part of the problem and is in line for a smackdown of unprecedented proportions. Mark it dude….
DeceptiCONNED II-The RNC “Crackled To Life” With Chachi et al – Now comes Michael Brendan Dougherty who channels what I wrote above into MBD’s prose: “And yet, their speeches were not filled with policy minutia or indications of tiny quadrennial ideological development that are the normal fare of conventions. They were broad and simple speeches, but delivered with some real emotion and actorly skill. The speeches by soldiers who were at Benghazi, or relatives of those killed by illegal immigrants were far more emotional and sad than is normal at a convention. They fit with Trump’s pattern of using rallies to let normal people speak.”
The ACLU Discovers The Constitution Then Tells Trump: You Can’t Micturate On It, Only WE CAN Micturate On It – The goofy season is officially here and the baby-killing hacks at the ACLU – whose lethal stock in trade relies upon them remaining the official law firm of those who prepare and divvy up the $4 Trillion buffet – are up in legal arms against Trumpzilla. Now the ACLU stands to lose a LOT when Trumpzilla triumphs in November though let’s not kid ourselves, the Federal Judiciary will not magically become constitutional and federal in the age of Trump, still it is a joy to watch these diabolical men, squirm.
Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and Trumpzilla – Right around the corner from the Trump’s Manhattan residence is the Church Donald and Melania call home and tucked neatly into one of it’s outdoor alcoves is a beautiful statue of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. Some of us have been praying #RosariesForTrump and praying for his conversion to The Faith, perhaps, muses Matthew Millner, some contemplation at this statue might help: “Joseph is downcast, their pack animal is spent, and Mary—eyes closed—hopes for consolation, not realizing perhaps that the cross on which her baby will hang hovers behind them. Is the statue likely to move Trump to a deeper Christian awakening? Perhaps not—given that it really is easy to miss—but I believe in the power of positive thinking.”
FLASHBACK: Before Michelle Obama’s literary acumen, that was allegedly stolen by Melania Trump, gets her promoted to Chesterton-Patrick Henry status, here’s a reality check: her only known literary work was an 80,000 word screed complaining about the rigged system that placed her at Princeton not being rigged the way it should have been rigged.
Newt Wants To Ban Sharia But Cannot Bring Himself To Identify Its Replacement – the Judgement Pornosphere™ is all abuzz this morning with the playing of Newt Gingrich’s televised hissy fit over Sharia Law practitioners being hunted down and deported, which I concur with because I reject religious pluralism. BUT, if you’re going to exclude Sharia Muslims, why not re-consecrate civilization to its anti-venom? The Magisterial teaching of Christ as practiced during the last millennial-long struggle against Sharia?
DeceptiCONNED: GOP Day 1 “Make ‘Muricah Safe Again” – The day by day themes for the RNC are going to be a hoot to comment on beginning with “Make America Safe Again”, tonight’s theme. I don’t know what is scarier, the prospect that a political party actually has enough power to make this promise and carry it into fruition or brain-dead masses that actually think this is something worthy of their backing? Oh, but don’t go in public and mention placing the U.S. governments under the loving, watchful care of Christ because that’s a liberty sucking “theocracy”.
Last Atheist Tango In Paris? – The French President Hollande is either a. delusional, b.ignorant or c. a combination of the 2 for failing to identify the smoldering fires of Islam that are burning across his country’s metropolitan centers. Hollande issued the following to explain the latest act of Muslim orthodoxy in Nice: “Why Nice? Because Nice is one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. Why the 14 of July? Because it is a celebration of liberty, and to harm France, this is why this individual committed this terrorist attack.” The sickness that has possessed the French since their “revolution” of 1787 is now producing its final, rotten fruits.
Divide And Conquer Has Been Mammon’s Plan All Along, Now “White Christian ‘Muricah” Is Assisting – I briefly mentioned the Robert Jones piece in the Atlantic Magazine yesterday covering the decline of “White Christian America”. Rod Dreher correctly concludes that Jones’s fixation on the color of the Christians in question is a non sequitir to orthodox Christians. This decline is the reason I have become dedicated to A. The Louisiana Independence Party and B. A Free, Independent, Catholic [r]epublic to come from that independence. But Jones concludes that it is a white problem thus confusing the children of God with numbers reflected in demographics. But men are not identified by God as blacks or whites or Greeks or Jews or Gentiles but as custodians of souls responsible for their care. As Pope Leo XIII stated In Plurimis: “Thus, the Apostles, in the early days of the Church, among other precepts for a devout life taught and laid down the doctrine which more than once occurs in the Epistles of St. Paul addressed to those newly baptized: “For you are all the children of God by faith, in Jesus Christ. For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew, nor Greek; there is neither bond, nor free; there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” “Where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free. But Christ is all and in all.”
It’s July 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 limitsI have to do what I want to do. Now let’s analyze that for a moment, is that happiness?”
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.”