Donald R. McClarey

Ten Years of TAC: Anne de Gaulle

(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 October 28, 2009.)     Charles de Gaulle could be a very frustrating man.  Churchill, in reference

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Guy McClung

JOHN 3:16:6/6/44

In France, and around the world, there are now tens of thousands of these monuments with the single word, Normandy,  proclaiming the courage, selflessness, and bravery of those who  laid down their lives for their friends.

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Donald R. McClarey

National Anthems and Love

A delightful video of 70 people attempting to sing the national anthems of their countries.  Being, I hope, an American patriot myself, I can appreciate patriotism for their native lands in others.  I never trust people who can never find

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Donald R. McClarey

The Strength of Love

We mortals have the tendency to underestimate one of our greatest strengths: our capacity to love.  Father Gregorio Hidalgo, better known as Father Goyo on Twitter, gives us a shining example:   A Catholic Priest by the name of Father

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Prisoner 16670

(Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  I am taking this opportunity to rerun this post from All Saints Day 2009.) Today we celebrate all the saints who now dwell in perfect bliss before the Beatific Vision,

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Love Makes All the Difference

Approximately 92% of mothers who learn they are carrying children with Down’s Syndrome abort their child.  The Daily Mail has an article by a deeply evil woman who bemoans the fact that she didn’t have that option: Questions I couldn’t answer

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For Those Losing Faith in Humanity

It is often easy to wonder why God went through the trouble of making us and dying for us, and then you read about someone like Fang Mei Qiu’s grandmother: A 66 year old grandmother has carried her disabled granddaughter to

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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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Dear Future Mom

Hattip to Pat Archbold at Creative Minority Report. A very well meaning person once told my wife and I that she understood what a cross we had to bear due to the autism of our son Larry.  I responded by stating

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Love Conquers All

  Commenter Sywink sent me the above video.  My response:   Well that brought tears to my eyes.  My twins had a similar relationship.  When my non-autistic son was praised for helping my autistic son, he would always respond:  “He’s

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Anne de Gaulle

(I wrote this post back in 2009.  I am republishing it now because it has always been one of my favorites and the blog readership is far higher now.  Additionally it is one of several posts that I have written that I

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The Illusion of Security

      Lauren Sandler, a proponent of having one child, writes a predictable piece in a predictable news magazine, Time, about he joys of stopping at one child. She’s on to something. According to the USDA, a child born

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Paperman and the Accidents of Love

Hattip to Babalu Blog.   The most charming cartoon, Paperman, that I have seen in many a moon.  It reminds us of the accidents that can lead to love. 

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Veterans Day: John 15:13

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today” Epitaph on the Memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Division at Kohima War is a curious part of the human condition. 

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Advent: God So Loved The World

Advent might be summarized by John 3:16:   “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” In daily life it is often easy to

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Jefferson Davis and Pio Nono

Jefferson Davis was always a friend to Catholics.  In his youth as a boy he studied at the Saint Thomas School at the Saint Rose Dominican Priory in Washington County Kentucky.  While there Davis, the only Protestant student, expressed a

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Raquel Welch and CS Lewis

When I was growing up in the late Sixties and early Seventies the number one sex symbol going away was the actress Raquel Welch.  What little I had heard of her opinions seemed to be those of a conventional Hollywood liberal.  Therefore I was

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Sounds like a plan.

“We should all pray … and often … to/through the intercession of Mother Teresa for the conversion of [Christopher] Hitchens.” — A First Thoughts reader, in response to Hitchens’ latest pathetic diatribe against Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

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Magnificent

The song is called Magnificent by the musical group U2.  It was a minor hit in both the United Kingdom and the United States in A.D. 2009 (and a major hit in Greece). Some entrepreneurial YouTuber recreated the music video

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