Donald R. McClarey

The Mother of Father’s Day

      One windy March night in the late ’90s, Mr. Smart, a grief-stricken father just returned from burying his wife, sat with bowed head in the front room of this farmhouse in the rolling hills of the Big

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Donald R. McClarey

Ten Years of TAC: 20 of my Dadisms

(The American Catholic will observe its tenth anniversary in October.  We will be reposting some classic TAC posts of the past.  This post is from August 6, 2012.)   Ah, Dadisms, the short hand that many fathers use as they

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Father’s Day

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full

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Saint Augustine on God as Father

    THE  SON OF GOD, our Lord Jesus Christ, has taught us a prayer; and though He be the Lord Himself, as you have heard and repeated in the creed, the only Son of God, yet He would not

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Why I Like Being a Dad

    1.   Captive audience for my bad jokes. 2.   Relief from the strain of having too much money. 3.   Lots of practice in learning to count to ten. 4.   Lots of practice in asking, “What did your Mom say?”

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20 of my Dadisms

Ah, Dadisms, the short hand that many fathers use as they attempt to navigate life with their families.  Here are some of my favorite:     1.   Clean up this dump! 2.   You are not going outside like that! 3.  

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Only a Dad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-DA-JbG8kU When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven

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Mr. President, Not Even Close to Good Enough

Mr. President, Last night you gave an address using the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as an opportunity to pontificate about many subjects. I am afraid that far from convincing me you are leading the federal government well

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