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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Installation Scene From Becket

  If we who are called bishops desire to understand the meaning of our calling and to be worthy of it, we must strive to keep our eyes on him whom God appointed high priest for ever, and to follow

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Saint Thomas Becket: Saint of Courage

We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. Whenever we have almost succeeded in doing so, God permits a war or an earthquake or some other calamity, and at once courage becomes so obviously lovely and

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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 Becket, Sin and Contrition

(I originally posted this on December 29th last year.  I think it is worth a repost on December 29th this year.) Today is the feast day of my confirmation saint, Saint Thomas Becket, the holy, blessed martyr.  His story tells

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Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

Today is the feast day of my confirmation saint, Saint Thomas Becket, the holy, blessed martyr.  His story tells us how foreign to our time the Middle Ages are.  Becket was a worldly cleric who had risen to be chancellor

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Saint Thomas Becket and Three Plays

  Destiny waits in the hand of God, not in the hands of statesmen. TS Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral The investiture scene from the movie Becket (1964).  The story of the great Archbishop of Canterbury Saint Thomas Becket, who,

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Installation Scene From Becket

In honor of the Anglican initiative of Pope Benedict this week, a reminder of the history of Catholic England, when Catholics were willing to stand against the State if need be to protect the Honor of God.   Becket (1964), although inheriting the

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Queen Elizabeth II Appalled At Church Of England

Richard Eden of the Daily Telegraph has reported that Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, who is also the head of the Church of England, is “appalled” at what has happened to the Anglican Communion. The usually well-informed newspaper adds

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