Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Apollonius the Apologist

MARCUS AURELIUS had persecuted the Christians from principle, being a bigoted Pagan: but his son, Commodus, who, in 180, succeeded him in the empire, after some time, though a vicious man, showed himself favourable to them out of regard to

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Donald R. McClarey

Holy Thursday, Saint Justin Martyr and History

Now, Justin concludes, since Christianity is the historical and personal manifestation of the Logos in his totality, it follows that “whatever things were rightly said among all men are the property of us Christians” (Second Apology of St Justin Martyr,

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Guy McClung

God Made Me This Way, So I Cannot Sin

The moral logic backing up the statement above, if it can be called logic, leads to amoral confusion. If accepted, it  would create a world of moral chaos, a world without any possible judgement of any action as right or

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Donald R. McClarey

Robert Francis O’Rourke: The Perfect Leftist Catholic

  Fake Hispanic Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is a perfect Leftist Catholic.  A complete pro-abort and embracer of all things gay, he is also an ardent advocate of socialism.  It is therefore fitting and proper that although personally wealthy, and

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Donald R. McClarey

Get Thee Behind Me Pineapple Satan!

  Harsh language advisory as to the above video.  (It is Gordon Ramsey after all.)   The Babylon Bee tackles the big issues: In our “Pastors Weigh In” column, we ask a wide range of prominent pastors important questions regarding

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Stephen Harding

ST. STEPHEN HARDING was an Englishman of an honourable family, and heir to a plentiful estate. He had his education in the monastery of Sherbourne, in Dorsetshire, and there laid a very solid foundation of literature and sincere piety. A

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Donald R. McClarey

Bravo

God always gives us light in the darkness:   A French priest who helped comfort the wounded after the worst terrorist attack on Paris this century and who survived an ambush in Afghanistan today also emerged as a hero of

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Donald R. McClarey

Statolatry

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   NEW YORK, NY—Local man Ricky Quintana has taken criticism for what some call his “archaic” and “outdated” beliefs. While most people have matured enough to discard silly childish ideas,

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Donald R. McClarey

Screen Pilates: Hristov Shopov

Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov, Telly Savalas, Frank Thring, Stephen Russell, Greg Hicks, Cyril

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Donald R. McClarey

April 15, 1865: Death of Lincoln

The gaunt man, Abraham Lincoln, woke one morning From a new dream that yet was an old dream For he had known it many times before And, usually, its coming prophesied Important news of some sort, good or bad, Though

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Donald R. McClarey

Notre Dame in Flames

A sad beginning to Holy Week, but a reminder that all flesh is dust and that our greatest cathedrals are as nothing before the love of our God.  Having said that, my heart aches at eight centuries of history burning

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Donald R. McClarey

Playing By the Rules of the Left

  Trump may never have read Alinsky, but he seems to know his playbook instinctively by heart:   4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply,

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Hunna

Little is known of Saint Hunna except that she was the daughter of a Duke of Alsace and the mother of Saint Deodatus.  She is known as the Holy Washerwoman due to her good deeds of doing the laundry of

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Donald R. McClarey

Screen Pilates: Basil Rathbone

Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov, Telly Savalas, Frank Thring, Stephen Russell, Greg Hicks, Cyril

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Donald R. McClarey

The Tax Man Cometh

  Death and taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them! Scarlet O’Hara, Gone With the Wind I rather wish that Americans paid all their taxes all at once in one lump sum each year:  income

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Donald R. McClarey

White Palm Sunday

    No outdoor procession at Saint Pat’s in Dwight, Illinois as Mother Nature was feeling prankish today:   Reduced visibility, heavy wet snow, and even some slushy road accumulations… Heavy wet snow will continue this morning, especially along and

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Donald R. McClarey

A Palm Sunday One Hundred and Fifty-Four Years Ago

  It is poor business measuring the mouldered ramparts and counting the silent guns, marking the deserted battlefields and decorating the grassy graves, unless we can learn from it some nobler lesson than to destroy.  Men write of this, as

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Lydwina

SHE was born at Schiedham, or Squidam, in Holland, near the mouth of the Meuse, in 1380. From seven years of age, she conceived an extraordinary devotion to the Blessed Virgin; and, when she was sent abroad by her mother

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Donald R. McClarey

Triumph of the Cross

(This is my regular post for Palm Sunday which I repost each year.  Have a happy and blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week.) 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING

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Donald R. McClarey

Leftist in Black Robe

  I was going to do a post on Judge Carlton Reeves, but Streiff at Red State has beaten me to the punch: The speaker is Judge Carlton Reeve, he’s an Obama appointee to the federal district court for the

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Hermenegild

LEVIGILD, or LEOVIGILD, the Goth, 1 king of Spain, had two sons by his first wife Theodosia, namely, Hermenegild and Recared. These he educated in the Arian heresy, which he himself professed, but married Hermenegild, the eldest, to Ingondes, a

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Bird

PopeWatch on Thursday received his long anticipated package from Pope Francis.  After giving it a perfunctory sweep with a mine detector, PopeWatch carefully opened it, only to find another box.  After five more boxes PopeWatch found a blueray of a

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Donald R. McClarey

All Glory, Laud and Honor

Something for the weekend.  Always a favorite on Palm Sunday, All Glory, Laud and Honor has a long history.  Theodulf was Bishop of Orleans under Charlemagne.  Running afoul of his son Louis, he was thrown into prison.   Theodulf wrote the

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Donald R. McClarey

The Great Compromise

“We must forgive our enemies. I can truly say that not a day has passed since the war began that I have not prayed for them.“ General Robert E. Lee, April 1865     It would be ironic if our

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Angelo of Chivasso

The ultimate accolade was perhaps paid to Blessed Angelo of Chivasso when his Summa Angelica was publicly burned by Martin Luther on December 10, 1520, along with the Bull excommunicating Luther, the Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas and the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Trust

When it comes to the current gang at the Vatican we can only trust that they will attempt to deceive, in big ways and in small:   Italian media have raised an alarm over attempts by the Vatican communications office

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Donald R. McClarey

Why Did the South Lose the Civil War?

Why The South Lost the Civil War, a companion book to the earlier How The North Won, by Archer Jones, Herman Hattaway, Richard E. Berenger and William M. Still, Jr,  published in 1986  has always struck me as giving one of the worst

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Donald R. McClarey

Charles Van Doren Dies

Charles Van Doren of quiz show infamy has passed away at age 93.  It now seems almost quaint, but most Americans were genuinely shocked back in the Fifties to learn that many of the quiz shows they were watching on

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Gemma Galgani

She died with a smile which remained upon her lips, so that I could not convince myself that she was really dead.      Testimony of  Priest who gave the Last Rites to Saint Gemma Galgani  

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