Donald R. McClarey

INIQUIS AFFLICTISQUE

Continuing our Lenten look at great Encyclicals, we come to INIQUIS AFFLICTISQUE, the condemnation of the Mexican government of the Catholic Church issued by Pope Pius XI on November 18, 1926.  The ongoing persecution of the Church had led to

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Donald R. McClarey

MIT BRENNENDER SORGE

Continuing our Lenten look ar great encyclicals of the past, we turn to MIT BRENNENDER SORGE issued by Pope Pius XI on Palm Sunday March 14, 1937.  The encyclical was a full throated attack in German against the Nazi regime. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Divini Redemptoris

Our second encyclical for Lent is Divini Redemptoris, the condemnation of Communism issued by Pope Pius XI on March 19, 1937.  The Church has condemned Communism on numerous occasions, but under the current pontificate Communism, or at least Marxism seems

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Donald R. McClarey

Larry and Ash Wednesday

(I will be reposting this each Ash Wednesday.) My late son Larry always seemed to enjoy Ash Wednesday.  Five years ago in 2013 I went up with him to receive ashes.  He heard the traditional admonition:  “Remember man thou art dust,

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Lenten Prayers: Stay on Hold for God

Every Lent the Church invites [us] to the three traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.–Fr. Michael Denk, Our Sunday Visitor, 4 January, 2013 Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen

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Ben Butera

Lent with a Medieval Wheel

I sometimes have a habit of seeing a spiritual presentation or lecture and remembering a lot of detail, but forgetting some basic “logistics”. For example, I once shared all the particulars of a talk with a friend, but could not

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Donald R. McClarey

PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS

During this coming Lent we will be looking at some of the great Papal Encyclicals.  Getting a head start on Lent, we begin with PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS, the great thundering attack on Modernism issued by Pope Saint Pius X on

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Saints of Lent: The Lion of Munster

Lent is a grand time to confront evil, both that evil which stains our souls, and the evil external to us.  Throughout the history of the Church there have been saints who risked all to bravely confront the popular evils of

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Saints of Lent: Cardinal John Fisher

  Where are now the kings and princes that once reigned over all the world, whose glory and triumph were lifted up above the earth? Where are now the innumerable company and power of Xerxes and Caesar? Where are the

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Saints of Lent: Athanasius Contra Mundum

We are proud that our own country has more than once stood against the world. Athanasius did the same. He stood for the Tninitarian doctrine, ‘whole and undefiled,’ when it looked as if all the civilized world was slipping back

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Larry and Ash Wednesday

(I will be reposting this each Ash Wednesday.) My late son Larry always seemed to enjoy Ash Wednesday.  Four years ago in 2013 I went up with him to receive ashes.  He heard the traditional admonition:  “Remember man thou art dust,

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Fulton Sheen on the Signs of Our Time

    Lent is a good time for confronting evil, both inside of ourselves and the evil of the World.  In 1947 then Monsignor Fulton Sheen gave a very important radio address.  He could discern that humanity was at a turning

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The Lion of Munster

Neither praise nor threats will distance me from God. Blessed Clemens von Galen (I ran this series originally back in 2011.  I am rerunning it now, because the contemporary Church is greatly harmed by the unwillingness of so many clerics

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But We Have Forgotten God

As we approach Lent in this Year of Mercy it is striking to me how most who call themselves Christians have lost any sense of sin.  Christ seems to be perceived as a divine Pal, with a dog like eagerness

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The Temptations of Christ-Conclusion

  1] Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. [2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. [3] And the tempter coming said to

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The Temptations of Christ-Part Four

1] Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. [2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. [3] And the tempter coming said to him:

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The Temptations of Christ: Part Three

  1] Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. [2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. [3] And the tempter coming said to

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The Temptations of Christ: Part Two

  [1] Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. [2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. [3] And the tempter coming said to

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The Temptations of Christ: Part One

[1] Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. [2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. [3] And the tempter coming said to him:

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Gator’s Back on the Menu

      Father Z advises us of this taste treat for our Lenten repasts:   : I have posted on this in the past, but repetita iuvant as we say in Latin. ORIGINAL: Someone sent me a copy of a

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Saint Augustine on the Resurrection

Continuing on with our Lenten series in which Saint Augustine is our guide, go here  , here  ,here  , here, here , here  , here and here to read the first eight posts in the series, we come to the conclusion with the eternal glory of Easter. In this Vale of Tears

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Saint Augustine: The Body and The Blood

Christ bore Himself in His hands, when He offered His body saying: “this is my body.” Saint Augustine  Continuing on with our Lenten series in which Saint Augustine is our guide, go here  , here  ,here  , here, here , here  and here to read the first seven posts in

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Saint Augustine: Palm Sunday

Continuing on with our Lenten series in which Saint Augustine is our guide, go here  , here  ,here  , here, here and here to read the first six posts in the series, we come to the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  Looked at in purely

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Saint Augustine: No Matter How Great Our Crimes

“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah:  1:18   Continuing on with our Lenten series in which Saint Augustine is our guide, go here  ,

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Saint Augustine: Late Have I Loved Thee

  Continuing on with our Lenten series in which Saint Augustine is our guide, go here  , here  ,here  and here to read the first four posts in the series, we come to the whole purpose of Lent.  We repent our sins and turn away from

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Saint Augustine on Sin, Fear and Love

  Continuing on with our Lenten series in which Saint Augustine is our guide, go here  , here  and here to read the first three posts in the series, we come to Augustine’s discussion of why we should avoid sin.  Augustine thought that refraining from

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Saint Augustine and the Pear Tree

Continuing on with our Lenten series in which Saint Augustine is our guide, go here  and here to read the first and the second in the series, we come to Saint Augustine’s description of what he viewed as one of his worst sins,

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Saint Augustine: Sins of the Flesh

    Continuing on with our Lenten series in which Saint Augustine is our guide, go here to read the first in the series, we come to Saint Augustine’s comments on sins of the flesh.  It is interesting that Saint Augustine begins

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Larry and Ash Wednesday

  My late son Larry always seemed to enjoy Ash Wednesday.  Last year I went up with him to receive ashes.  He heard the traditional admonition:  “Remember man thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.” and had the

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Saint Augustine: Repent Today!

  Since Vatican II Catholics have largely deserted the confessional.  Our Communion lines are full and our confessionals are empty.  Unless there has been some radical change in human nature over the past half century, something I see no evidence

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