Donald R. McClarey

Advent Light in Darkest Night

   It is time to awaken from sleep. It is time for a waking up to begin somewhere. It is time to put things back where God the Lord put them. Father Alfred Delp, SJ During Advent 1944 Father Alfred

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and John the Baptist

  In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and Anti-Christ, Part II

Part II of my presentation of the four sermons on the Anti-Christ given by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman during Advent in 1835 before his conversion.  Part I is here. In this second sermon Newman concentrates on what we can glean

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Donald R. McClarey

Seasonal Blasphemy

It is the Left’s favorite time of the year to utter blasphemies and so demonstrate their complete contempt for believing Christians:   A Minnesota professor suggested in a series of tweets that the Virgin Mary did not consent to the

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophesies: Psalm 108: 1-10

  Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here,

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and Anti-Christ, Part I

  (I originally posted these sermons back in 2009 when the readership of the blog was quite smaller.  Time to do so again.  The Anti-Christ would seem at first blush to be a theme for the end of the liturgical year

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Donald R. McClarey

Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel. Isaiah 7:14       Something for the weekend.  Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophecies: Genesis 49: 10

Concluding our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here,

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Donald R. McClarey

Norad Tracking Santa

When I was a kid, perhaps because I was the son of an Air Force veteran, I always thrilled to the tracking of Santa by Norad (North American Air Defense).  I am happy to see that Norad is still doing

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Donald R. McClarey

December 24, 1968: In the Beginning

“We were told that on Christmas Eve we would have the largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice, and the only instructions that we got from NASA was to do something appropriate.” Colonel Frank Borman, Commander of

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent Sermons of Saint Augustine: The Word Made Flesh

This is our fourth and final look this Advent at the sermons of Saint Augustine.  Saint Augustine meditates on how inadequate human words are to describe The Word:   It is not at all strange that human consideration and human

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Donald R. McClarey

Video Clip Worth Watching: Brother Orchid Confesses

      Brother Superior: When the heart speaks, Brother Orchid, other hearts must listen. Brother Orchid (1940)       A brilliant scene from a brilliant movie, Edward G. Robinson as Brother Orchid takes a large step in his gradual

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Donald R. McClarey

Hipster Nativity?

Go here to read about it.  Some things you just can’t unsee, no matter how much you may wish to.  (I suspect however that my crocheting bride might appreciate the humor of the sheep wearing a sweater.)

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Donald R. McClarey

Anti-Catholic Bigotry Alive and Well in DC

Just in time for Christmas:   The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority threw down the hammer on the Catholic Church last month when it rejected a rather benign Christmas ad for the Church’s website FindThePerfectGift.org. The Church turned around and

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 11: 10

Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here,

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Donald R. McClarey

How to Be Happy

[34] But the Pharisees hearing that he had silenced the Sadducees, came together: [35] And one of them, a doctor of the law, asking him, tempting him: [36] Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? [37] Jesus said

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophesies: Daniel 2: 44-45

Beginning our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here,

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent Sermons of Saint Augustine: the Emptying of Christ

This Advent on each Sunday we will look at portions of sermons that Saint Augustine wrote for delivery during Advent.  We begin with Saint Augustine’s meditation on one of the chief mysteries of the Incarnation:  the emptying of Christ:  

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Donald R. McClarey

A Clean Slate For Christmas

My bride, our son and I went to Confession today.  As always, I felt after Confession as if a ton of weight had just been taken off my shoulders, Here is the formula that I have followed for Confessions since childhood:

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Handel’s Advent Messiah

Something for the weekend.  The Advent portions of Handel’s Messiah.  The above video is the Overture. Next we have “Comfort Ye” which is a messianic text from Isaiah 40. “Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God. Speak ye

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The Three Godfathers

    An interesting film for Advent or Chistmas is a John Wayne flick.  John Wayne in a Christmas movie?  Yep, The Three Godfathers in 1948!   Another fruitful John Ford and John Wayne collaboration, the film was released in December 1948.  Three

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Brother Orchid: The Seductive Power of Good

Brother Superior: When the heart speaks, Brother Orchid, other hearts must listen. Brother Orchid (1940) Interested in seeing a screwball-comedy-film noir gangster-western-religious flick?  I am always on the lookout for oddball films for Advent and they don’t come odder, or

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Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 61: 1

Initiating our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here,

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Advent Sermons of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux-Part I

    This Advent we will look at Advent sermons of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.  They are concise in words and huge in thought, a model for priests to strive to emulate:     THE solemnity of our Lord’s Nativity

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Handel’s Advent Messiah: For Unto Us A Son Is Given

The culmination of the Advent portions of Handel’s Advent Messiah.  Go here to listen to the earlier portions.   Handel heralds the coming of Christ with the immortal words of Isaiah Chapter 9, verse 6: For unto us a child

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Video Clip Worth Watching: Battle of the Bulge Sermon

A film clip from Battleground (1949), a rousing tribute to the heroic stand of the 101st Airborne at Bastogne at Christmas 1944, which helped turn the tide of the Battle of the Bulge. Seventy-one years ago on December 16, 1944 the Germans

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