Donald R. McClarey

Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

Henry II: Hear me! People of Canterbury and citizens of England, as I have submitted myself to the lash, so have I petitioned the Pope. And this day, I have received his answer. Thomas Becket, former Archbishop of Canterbury and

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Donald R. McClarey

On the Feast of Stephen

But his deeds I think you know better than I could tell you; for, as is read in his Passion, no one doubts that, rising every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, he went

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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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Scandalous Priest and Glorious Martyr

    (I repeat this post every July 9th.  All of us can be saints, even if our sins be as scarlet, if we have faith, love and courage.)   When July 9 rolls around each year I am always

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Time For Our Game Face

Father Z says it all in his post on the crucifixion of Father Thomas Uzhunnalil:     It seems fairly clear that this priest was killed by adherents of the Religion of Peace for hatred of the Christian Faith. He

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Scandalous Priest and Glorious Martyr

(This post is from 2012.  I will be reposting it each July 9.)   When July 9 rolls around each year I am always reminded of my personal belief that before our end, perhaps especially for those of us sunk

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July 6, 1535: Martyrdom of Saint Thomas More

Imagine facing death and being able to escape it by signing your name to a bit of parchment.  By your signature you would also be released from jail, the fortune of your family restored and you restored to your family. 

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Good King Wenceslaus, Saint Stephen and Martyrdom

But his deeds I think you know better than I could tell you; for, as is read in his Passion, no one doubts that, rising every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, he went

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Scandalous Priest and Glorious Martyr

 (This post is from 2012.  I will be reposting it each July 9.)   When July 9 rolls around each year I am always reminded of my personal belief that before our end, perhaps especially for those of us sunk

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40 Martyrs of England and Wales and Cardinal Newman

In so many ways we moderns are pygmies who stand on the shoulders of giants.  One group of giants for all English-speaking Catholics is the 40 martyrs of England and Wales who were canonized by Pope Paul VI on October 25,

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Von Galen on Martyrdom

  In my first post on Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen, which may be read here, we examined the life of this remarkable German bishop who heroically stood up to the Third Reich.  Today we examine a sermon that he

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Shahbaz Bhatti: Martyr For the Faith

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Courage and Faith.  Abstractions to many, meaningless phrases to some, to others they are a way of life.  Shahbaz Bhatti was in the last category.  His faith was obvious to all.  As a

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Age of Martyrs

  Hattip to Southern Appeal.  The executions of Saint John Cardinal Fisher and Saint Thomas More as portrayed in The Tudors.   It was largely because of the courage that these men showed, and the courage  hundreds of other men and

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