Donald R. McClarey

The Trinity and Us

“The gates of heaven are lightly locked, We do not guard our gain, The heaviest hind may easily Come silently and suddenly Upon me in a lane. “And any little maid that walks In good thoughts apart, May break the

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Donald R. McClarey

Mary Our Contemporary

“Mother of God,” the wanderer said, “I am but a common king, Nor will I ask what saints may ask, To see a secret thing. “The gates of heaven are fearful gates Worse than the gates of hell; Not I

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Donald R. McClarey

The Black Heart of Man

“When God put man in a garden He girt him with a sword, And sent him forth a free knight That might betray his lord; “He brake Him and betrayed Him, And fast and far he fell, Till you and

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August 22: Queenship of Mary

The King looked up, and what he saw Was a great light like death, For Our Lady stood on the standards rent, As lonely and as innocent As when between white walls she went And the lilies of Nazareth. One

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Queen of Heaven and Queen of Men

The King looked up, and what he saw           Was a great light like death,           For Our Lady stood on the standards rent,           As lonely and as innocent           As when between white walls she went           And

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Ave Maria

Something for the weekend.  Schubert’s Ave Maria sung by Andrea Bocelli.  May is the month of Mary, something I always like to keep in mind during the month.

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God the Servant

The feast of Christ the King is one of my favorite in the liturgical year.  It reminds me powerfully, through the confusion of daily life, that God reigns and rules.  However, there are myriad other ways of looking at God,

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Holy Mary, Mother of God

And he saw in a little picture, Tiny and far away, His mother sitting in Egbert’s hall, And a book she showed him, very small, Where a sapphire Mary sat in stall With a golden Christ at play. It was

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