Donald R. McClarey

Seeing the Light

  Hard to believe it is seventy-one years since I Saw the Light was written by Hank Williams.  The song powerfully coveys the hunger for salvation that was always a part of Williams’ brief and tragic life.  Dead before he

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Signs of the End Times

Article 1. Whether any signs will precede the Lord’s coming to judgment? Objection 1. It would seem that the Lord’s coming to judgment will not be preceded by any signs. Because it is written (1 Thessalonians 5:3): “When they shall

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Extraordinary

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:     Addressing the crisis of dwindling lay vocations, Fr. Donald Spenser of St. Lawrence Catholic Church anointed the Catholic Church’s first ever extraordinary ministers

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Donald R. McClarey

The Bringer of Peace

  Something for the weekend.  The hundredth anniversary of the armistice ending World War seems to call for Holst’s Venus:  The Bringer of Peace.  

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Donald R. McClarey

More on Our Hapless Bench of Bishops

    The disastrous meeting of our bishops is attracting some wider attention:   It’s also no wonder that so many bishops, including the pope, now want to quarantine the issue of sexual abuse of minors from the larger question

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Donald R. McClarey

Democrats Feeling Their Oats

  Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hapless Bench of Bishops

No surprise:   The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted today against asking the Vatican to release its records on former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. In what was eventually an 83 to 137 vote, the USCCB decided against asking the

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Donald R. McClarey

You Can’t Make This Up

    For anyone doubting that God has a superb sense of humor, I give you Broward County:   Two main, and surprising, discoveries were made when today’s recount totals came in. First, in the three races being recalculated, as

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Albert the Great

“You call him the Dumb Ox. I tell you this Dumb Ox will bellow so loud that his bellowings shall fill the world.” Saint Albert the Great to some of his students who were mocking Saint Thomas Aquinas, who studied

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Anti-Pope

The Betrayal of the true Catholic Church in China continues apace:   Cardinal Joseph Zen has written a letter to Pope Francis detailing the sufferings of Catholics in China since the Vatican signed a deal with the communist government. Cardinal

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Donald R. McClarey

Patton’s Weather Prayer

“Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon

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Donald R. McClarey

Schadenfreude

Well, well, well, Michael Avenatti, perhaps better known as the creepy porn lawyer, is facing a felony charge: Attorney Michael Avenatti has been placed under arrest for felony domestic violence and was being booked early Wednesday evening. Los Angeles Police

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Camille Paglia

  As an atheist, I have argued that if religion is erased, something must be put in its place. Belief systems are intrinsic to human intelligence and survival. They “frame” the flux of primary experience, which would otherwise flood the

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Donald R. McClarey

Give ‘Em a Point for Honesty

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   MENLO PARK, CA—In a move to better filter out unapproved positions and people, Facebook unveiled its new Bigot Recognition Technology (BRT) at a press event Tuesday. The new tech automatically

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Joseph Pignatelli

My God, I do not know what must come to me today. But I am certain that nothing can happen to me that you have not foreseen, decreed, and ordained from eternity. That is sufficient for me. I adore your

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lavender Mafia Strikes Again

All dog and pony shows will be solely under the supervision of the Lavender Mafia the Vatican:   ROME—There has perhaps never been a more critical moment in the history of the American Catholic Church to appear to be doing

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Donald R. McClarey

I Am Shocked! Shocked!

    Hattip to Instapundit.  Brenda Snipes Says Boxes Found in Rental Car at Ft. Lauderdale Airport Contained Blank Ballots. “The rental car had been driven by a Democratic Broward supervisor of elections employee.”   It is so unfair of

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Donald R. McClarey

Hamilton: The Problem Child Founding Father

  “That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I’m convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn’t find enough whores to absorb!” John Adams on Alexander Hamilton One of

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Mother Cabrini

“I travel, suffer my weak health, meet with a thousand difficulties, but all these are nothing, for this world is so small.  To me, space is an imperceptible object, as I am accustomed to dwell in eternity.”   Mother Cabrini

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PopeWatch: Stealth Vatican III

Sandro Magister notes how the Pope is accomplishing his goals through “synodality”.   The synod of last October was supposed to be about young people. And instead in concluding it, Pope Francis said that “its first fruit” was “synodality.” In

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Just in Time for Christmas

Well, President Trump certainly isn’t the first Republican President to be associated with a stuffed bruin:    

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Donald R. McClarey

Not One Thin Dime

(This is a repost from 2014.  Nothing has changed in regard to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and no faithful Catholic should contribute to it.  Go here to read the latest from the Lepanto Institute in regard to the

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Donald R. McClarey

Requiescat In Pace: Stan Lee

  Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee, passed away today at age 95.  A World War II veteran, Lee  worked for virtually his entire adult life, except for his time in the Army, for Timely Comics, which became

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Donald R. McClarey

Run Hillary! Run!

    Donald Trump is the living embodiment of the maxim:  It’s smarter to be lucky, than it’s lucky to be smart:   Mark Penn, a former adviser to the Clintons, believes Hillary Clinton will make another run for president in

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Donald R. McClarey

Democratic as Adjective

    News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   ARLINGTON, VA—At a press conference on Thursday, American Nazi Party leader Emmett Scoggins told reporters that his group is not trying to instate full-on Nazism, but a much

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Donald R. McClarey

A Recollection For Veterans Day

Christmas Mass on the Rhine! In 1916, our midnight mass was under the open sky along the Rio Grande; in 1917, in the old medieval church at Grand in the Vosges; now, thank Heaven, in this year of grace, 1918,

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Theodore the Studite

“Shall we say: ‘Since it is lawful for an archbishop together with his associates to do as he pleases, let him be for the duration of his archbishopric a new Evangelist, another Apostle, a different Law-giver?’ Certainly not. For we

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PopeWatch: Gargoyle

No comment:   It took about a week for visitors to the massive Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany, to notice a small addition to its ornate Gothic entrance — a carved stone figure of Pope Francis leaning forward like a

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Donald R. McClarey

Why Do We Honor Veterans?

  When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today  Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Division at Kohima   Sometimes simple questions can help illuminate great

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