Donald R. McClarey

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Baptism of Christ

    I answer that, It was fitting for Christ to be baptized. First, because, as Ambrose says on Luke 3:21: “Our Lord was baptized because He wished, not to be cleansed, but to cleanse the waters, that, being purified

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Book of Job

    “I discovered that Mr. Lincoln was reading that divine comforter, Job. He read with Christian eagerness, and the courage and hope that he derived from the inspired pages made him a new man. I almost imagined that I

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Signs of the End Times

Article 1. Whether any signs will precede the Lord’s coming to judgment? Objection 1. It would seem that the Lord’s coming to judgment will not be preceded by any signs. Because it is written (1 Thessalonians 5:3): “When they shall

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Donald R. McClarey

Ten Years of TAC: The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

(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 13, 2010.  The above video is a new addition to the post.)   My

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Donald R. McClarey

Panis Angelicus

Saint Thomas Aquinas composed Sacris Solemnis at the command of Pope Urban IV for the new feast of Corpus Christi in 1264.  The last two stanzas have become the hymn Panis Angelicus.  I have always viewed this as the heart

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Thomas Aquinas on Pentecost

“Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.” (Ps. 103:30)[28] We should speak about Him without whom no one can speak rightly, about Him who gives speech and gives the

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Donald R. McClarey

Feast Day of the Angelic Doctor

Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. Saint Thomas Aquinas     In a time when

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The Angelic Dumb Ox

You call him Dumb Ox?  This Dumb Ox will fill all the world with his bellowing.                     Saint Albert the Great, responding to jibes from some of the other students he was instructing aimed at a young Thomas Aquinas. Better

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Saint Thomas Aquinas Our Contemporary

Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him. Saint Thomas Aquinas     Today is the feast day of the Angelic Doctor.  There is a timeless quality about his writings that takes him

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Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Epiphany

Article 1. Whether Christ’s birth should have been made known to all? Objection 1. It would seem that Christ’s birth should have been made known to all. Because fulfilment should correspond to promise. Now, the promise of Christ’s coming is

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Henry V, Shakespeare and Just War

Five hundred years ago Henry V and his army won an amazing victory over a French army that heavily outnumbered his.  Shakespeare in deathless language has ensured that this victory will be indeed remembered until the ending of the world.  It was

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Transiturus de Hoc Mundo

Issued on August 11, 1264 by Pope Urban IV the Papal Bull Transiturus de Hoc Mundo established the great feast of Corpus Christi.  Saint Thomas Aquinas at the request of the Pope helped draft the Bull. Additionally he wrote for

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Tantum Ergo

Something for the weekend.  My favorite rendition of Tantum Ergo movingly sung by The Daughters of Mary.  God not only gifted the Angelic Doctor with perhaps the sharpest mind of any of the sons of Adam, but also made him,

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Belated Feast Day of the Angelic Doctor

As a highly Pagan poet said to me: “The Reformation happened because people hadn’t the brains to understand Aquinas.” GK Chesterton   I can’t believe I forgot to post on the feast day yesterday of the Angelic Doctor!  (Too much

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My Top Ten Favorite Saints

I have always thought it says a lot about Catholics as to whether they have favorite saints, and who they are if they do have special saints.  Here are my top ten. 10.  Saint Andreas Wouters-Most saints have been extraordinary

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Saint Thomas Aquinas on Purgatory

Article 1. Whether there is a Purgatory after this life? Objection 1. It would seem that there is not a Purgatory after this life. For it is said (Apocalypse 14:13): “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. From

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Saint Thomas Aquinas: On the Cross

    Why did the Son of God have to suffer for us? There was a great need, and it can be considered in a twofold way: in the first place, as a remedy for sin, and secondly, as an

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Feast Day of the Angelic Doctor

As a highly Pagan poet said to me: “The Reformation happened because people hadn’t the brains to understand Aquinas.” GK Chesterton A whole lifetime is far too short to survey the intellectual and spiritual riches left to us by Saint

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Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Hail Mary

And again the name, ‘Mary’ befits her, which is (also) interpreted as ‘Star of the Sea,’ for as by this star seafarers are directed to port, so are Christians guided to glory by Mary. Saint Thomas Aquinas Prologue There are

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Pentecost: Why Was the Holy Spirit Sent?

    Saint Thomas Aquinas, in his sermon on Pentecost, explains why the Holy Spirit was sent to us: I say, first, the Holy Spirit is sent without His needing to be sent. When someone is sent to a place

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Feast Day of the Angelic Doctor

  As a highly Pagan poet said to me: “The Reformation happened because people hadn’t the brains to understand Aquinas.” The Church is more immortally important than the State; but the State has its rights, for all that. This Christian

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Corpus Cristi: A Saint, A Pope and a Miracle

  (A guest post from Don the Kiwi on the backstory regarding the institution of the feast of Corpus Cristi.)   Last Sunday we celebrated the feast of Corpus Cristi, which literally means the body of Christ, in solemn commemoration of

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Corpus Christi, the Angelic Doctor and my Wife

When Corpus Christi rolls around I always think of Saint Thomas Aquinas and his great eucharistic hymn Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium written by Saint Thomas at the command of Pope Urban IV to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi instituted by the Pope in

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Feast Day of the Dumb Ox

You call him Dumb Ox?  This Dumb Ox will fill all the world with his bellowing.                     Saint Albert the Great, responding to jibes from some of the other students he was instructing aimed at a young Thomas Aquinas. Today,

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