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

The Real Sermon on the Docks

This seems appropriate for the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker. Probably the most powerful sermon ever placed on film, Father Barry speaks of Christ and his crucifixion on the docks.  The best performance Karl Malden ever gave.  Elia Kazan’s

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Joseph the Worker and Communism

        Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages,

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Saint Joseph the Worker and Communism

      Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy

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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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In Praise of a Carpenter

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of

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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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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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Divini Redemtoris

“Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this is

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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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