Donald R. McClarey

Christmas Time for the Jews

As Yogi Berra said when advised that the mayor of Dublin was a Jew:  “Only in America!”.  Bonus:  without using the Internet, name some of the Jewish composers who have written classic Christmas Carols.  I will give you Irving Berlin

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Donald R. McClarey

Great Caesar’s Ghost!

The things you find on the Internet!  A compilation of Perry White, Editor in Chief of the Daily Planet, yelling at Clark Kent.  White would not receive accolades from business management consultants today, and I generally prefer a softer style

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Donald R. McClarey

Christmas With the Honeymooners

And away we go:     I loved watching re-runs of The Honeymooners when I was a kid.  I appreciated the fact that they were more broke than my family and, like my parents, they met that circumstance with good humor. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophesies: Isaiah 65: 1-2

  Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here,

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and the Second Coming: Part III

Normally talk of the Second Coming of Christ is relegated to the end of the Liturgical Year when the readings focus our attention on the End Times.  Yet Advent, when our attention is riveted on the First Coming of Christ,

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Donald R. McClarey

Revolution in Virginia?

Good gentle youth, tempt not a desperate man. Romeo Montague, Romeo and Juliet, Act 5, Scene 3, William Shakespeare     Virginia and Massachusetts were the two prominent colonies leading the way at the beginning of the American Revolution . 

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Virginia Centurione Bracelli

The precious heritage that this saint has left to the Church, and particularly to her spiritual daughters, consists in charity, not meant as mere material aid but as a commitment of authentic solidarity, aiming at the full human and spiritual

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Donald R. McClarey

Two Left Wings

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: WASHINGTON, D.C.—Democrats stateside were watching closely as UK election results came in Thursday. They wanted to see how the Labour Party did so they could learn from any mistakes they

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint John of the Cross

In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God. Saint John of the Cross

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Donald R. McClarey

Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel. Isaiah 7:14       Something for the weekend.  Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming. 

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Jolly Old Former Saint Nicholas

Vatican City:  It was announced today that on December 25 Pope Francis will hold a solemn de-canonization Mass, during which Saint Nicholas will be stripped of his sainthood.  Monsignor Grinch G. Grinch explained why this was being done: First, because

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Donald R. McClarey

Madness, Shear Madness

From a medical student: More than halfway through my program, despite passing every class and meeting every requirement, I fear dismissal, refusal of licensure, and professional retribution for simply asking science-based questions on transgender care. What, you may ask, is

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Donald R. McClarey

Mere Divisions

C.S. Lewis wrote an introduction to an English translation of Saint Athanasius’  On the Incarnation which is on-line here.   In his introduction Lewis made the following observation:  “I myself was first led into reading the Christian classics, almost accidentally,

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Donald R. McClarey

Woman of the Year

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   We are pleased to announce our Person of the Year 2019 is Hillary Clinton (please send help).   Our editorial board wants it to be very clear that we did

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Jodoc

December 13 St. Jodoc, or Josse, Confessor     THOSE Britons who, flying from the swords of the English-Saxons, settled in Armorica in Gaul, upon the ruins of the Roman empire in those parts, formed themselves into a little state

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Ten Percent

Ed Dreher gives the low down on Peter’s Pence:   A conservative Catholic friend passed along to me this article from today’s Wall Street Journal (paywalled), with a salty line stating — I’ll put this nicely — that this is

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Donald R. McClarey

Brexit Wins, Again

It looks like the Tories under Boris Johnson, part clown and part Churchill, are on their way to a smashing victory with an estimated 86 seat majority.  With this landslide, Brexit will finally be implemented.  Boris Johnson, a man who

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Donald R. McClarey

Out Heroding Herod

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   NEW YORK, NY—At a special ceremony Thursday, Planned Parenthood posthumously awarded Herod the Great with its highest honor, the organization’s coveted PPFA Margaret Sanger Award. Planned Parenthood gives the

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Donald R. McClarey

Bloody December in Iran

Austin Bay, a retired Army Colonel, at Strategy Page notes the current unrest in Iran: Blood is spilling. Observers already describe the current bloodletting as the most serious since 2009. As of Dec. 8, U.N. human rights monitors report that

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Donald R. McClarey

Mondays Are For Red Shirts

Hattip to my younger, by a whole year and a half, brother.  As he notes, this basically sums up Mondays.

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Donald R. McClarey

Deep State on Trial

The testimony of Michael Horowitz, Inspector General of the Department of Justice, or rather his responses to questions, was devastating yesterday.  It depicted an Obama DOJ and an Obama FBI weaponized to bring down Donald Trump by any means necessary. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Miracles, Facts and Fancy

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most dramatic appearances of Mary in history, when Mary, in the guise of an Aztec princess, appeared to Saint Juan Diego (his pre-conversion name of Cuauhtlatoatzin translates as

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Donald R. McClarey

The Fright Before Christmas

  The things you find on the Internet!  What would Christmas be without Moose and Squirrel?  Originally broadcast at the end of the Rocky and Bullwinkle third season in 1961-1962.

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Donald R. McClarey

She Called Him Flipper

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Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Thomas Holland

“for whose prosperity and conversion to the Catholic faith, if I had as many lives as there are hairs on my head, drops of water in the ocean, or stars in the firmament, I would most willingly sacrifice them all.”

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Financial Machinations

Good work by Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register:   VATICAN CITY — Using costly methods that appear deceptive, Vatican officials diverted 50 million euros belonging to the Bambino Gesù children’s hospital in Rome to guarantee a loan for the

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Donald R. McClarey

Kenosis

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: U.S.—Thanks to His renunciation of His exalted divine status and taking on human flesh 2,000 years ago, the Lord Jesus was criticized in an op-ed on Salon.com for his “insensitive” appropriation

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Angels Rescued Our Lady’s House

Or, as I think of it, Himself has a heck of a sense of humor. From CNA, last year: Catholic pilgrims have flocked to the Holy House of Loreto since the 14th century to stand inside the walls where tradition

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Donald R. McClarey

The I Words

(Originally posted on November 28, 2018.)     With the conclusion of the Mississippi Senate Special Election yesterday, and the predictable victory of the Republican,  notwithstanding the attempts of the Left and much of the media to depict this as

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Donald R. McClarey

Obama? Never Mind!

    News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: CLAREMONT, CA—A nativity scene has been gaining much publicity in the media for its depiction of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph getting detained in cages at the border. But media

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Donald R. McClarey

Christmas 1776: Washington Refuses to be Beaten

    Each year, as Christmas is approaching, I think of a Christmas long ago in 1776.  The year in which we declared our independence from Great Britain was a year of military disaster for the United States.  Washington and

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Melchior of Saint Augustine

Missionary to Japan.  Burned to death, along with his companion, Blessed Martin of Saint Nicholas, on December 11, 1632 at Nagasaki.  The Augustinian Order keep their memories ever green.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Christless

Sandro Magister takes a look at the political vision of Pope Francis.  This section sums it up:   The second event is scheduled for May 14 2020 at the Vatican, and will be open to “all public figures” who “are

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