Donald R. McClarey

Ten Years of TAC: Saint Joseph the Worker and Dad

(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 September 1, 2013.)       Every Labor Day weekend two men always pop up

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Donald R. McClarey

1894 First Federal Labor Day

The late nineteenth century was a time of labor unrest in the United States and in much of the Western world.  A holiday to honor workers had been recognized in many states.  In 1894 legislation was rushed through Congress creating

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Donald R. McClarey

Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Stone

On Labor Day weekend it is good to recall Saint Joseph the Worker.  When God decided to partake in our humanity, He could have had anyone for His foster father, and He chose a humble carpenter, a man who worked

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Donald R. McClarey

Heave Ho My Lads

  Something for the weekend.  Heave Ho My Lads sung by cadets of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.   Labor Day weekend seems a fitting time to recall again the United States Merchant Marine.  The civilian fleet that carries

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Lincoln on Labor and Capital

    It is the effort to place capital on an equal footing with, if not above, labor in the structure of government. It is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital; that nobody labors unless somebody

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Rosie the Riveter

  Something for a Labor Day weekend.  Rosie the Riveteer.  Written in 1942 the song celebrated the fact that with some sixteen million American men being called into military service, American women were going to have to pick up the slack if

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Opus Dei

King David: That soldier who laid his hands on the Ark – he was only trying to be helpful. Nathan the Prophet: It is not for us to question the ways of the Lord. King David: I question nothing, yet

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A Great Victory Courtesy of the American Worker

  Seventy years ago American industry was converting from wartime to peacetime production.  American workers during the War had performed a miracle.  The figures of the items produced are absolutely stunning. During the War the US produced 324,000 military planes, 102,410 tanks, 2,382,311

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Worker Songs

  Something for a Labor Day weekend.  A parody of The Internationale, the marching song of Communism.   In America, the most popular songs about working tend to be fairly apolitical.  Sixteen Tons, written and recorded by Merle Travis in 1946, became a million record

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A Chesterton Poem For Labor Day

King Alfred was but a meagre man,           Bright eyed, but lean and pale:           And swordless, with his harp and rags,           He seemed a beggar, such as lags           Looking for crusts and ale.           And the woman,

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Kipling for Labor Day

        The twenty-seventh in my ongoing series examining the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. The other posts in the series may be read here, here , here , here, here , here, here, here, here, here, here, here

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Saint Joseph the Worker and Dad

      Every Labor Day weekend two men always pop up in my mind:  Saint Joseph the Worker and my Dad.  When I was growing up I always associated Saint Joseph and my father.  I thought of Saint Joseph

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The Yorktown, the American Worker and Three Days

We must have this ship back in three days! Commander of the Pacific Fleet, Admiral Chester Nimitz   On Labor Day we honor the American worker and the repair of the USS Yorktown tells us why.  Badly damaged at the

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Prayer to Saint Joseph

Something for the weekend.  The video above supplying music and images to the prayer to Saint Joseph seemed very appropriate for a Labor Day Weekend.  There was a reason why God chose as His guardian and the husband of His

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God Bless The USA!

This rendition of Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA seems very appropriate for a Labor Day.

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Hymn to Saint Joseph

Something for the weekend.  Nothing for a Labor Day weekend seemed more appropriate than a Hymn to Saint Joseph by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles.

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Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Stone

On Labor Day it is good to recall Saint Joseph the Worker.  When God decided to partake in our humanity, He could have had anyone for His foster father, and He chose a humble carpenter, a man who worked with

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Subsidiarity at Work

Everyone here at the American Catholic hoped that you all have had a happy Labor Day weekend. The principle of Subsidiarity states that government should undertake only those initiatives which exceed the capacity of individuals or private groups acting independently.

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Saint Isidore the Laborer

On this day on which we celebrate the workers of America, it is good to recall a simple day laborer who became one of Spain’s most beloved saints.  Also known as Saint Isidore the farmer,  he was born around 1170 and lived his

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