Lawrence Charles McClarey


Lawrence Charles McClarey

Birth:  September 5, 1991

(Feast day of Saint Lawrence Justinian)

Death:  May 19, 2013


38. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might,

39. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8: 38-39

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  1. I cannot believe that a whole year has gone by. Your son is, I am sure, praying with us and for us at this moment. Your family continues to be graced by his life, thank God.

  2. Donald M McClarey

    As I am sure you know, 19th May is the feast of our patron saint, Saint Yves Hélory (also known as St Ivo or St Ives)

    One can venerate his relics at Tréguier in Brittany, where he is known as St Erwann.

    On his 700th anniversary, Pope St John Paul II wrote, “‘N’an neus ket en Breiz, n’an neus ket unan, n’an neus ket eur Zant evel Zan Erwan.’ ‘There is not in all Brittany, there is not a single one, there is no saint like St Ivo.’ These words from the canticle to St Ivo express the full fervour and veneration with which the crowds of pilgrims, with their Bishops and priests but also all the magistrates, lawyers and jurists, continue today to honour the one whom popular piety has nicknamed ‘the father of the poor.’ May St Ivo help them to fulfil their aspirations to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with their God (cf. Mi 6: 8)”

    In France, there are masses in his honour in all the principle towns and advocates and judges attend in their robes.

  3. Eternal rest grant unto Lawrence McClarey, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
    May God grant you Mr. McClarey, your wife, and family the comfort, peace, and sure knowledge that you will be reunited with Larry in paradise. Amen

  4. I hold in my memory and heart some insights into the character of your family and your beloved son, Larry, that you have related on your blog — Larry always running ahead of his family like a gazelle, Larry’s customary pivot after receiving communion, and his brother being honored to accompany Larry and his classmates on a field trip.

    I am remembering you and your family in prayer on this day.

  5. Your son continues to be a blessing to you and all who know of him. I think he is in heaven and his heart is full of love as he continues to intercede for his family and friends as their mortal lives go on.

  6. Thanks Don. My prayers are with you all today.

    That song is beautiful – ‘What wondrous love is this’ – I have not heard it before (one of the penalties of living on the fringes of civilization 🙂 )

    Is certainly appropriate.

  7. May God, the Father of each of us, bless you and all in your family with His special presence at this time — on your son’s first anniversary of death.

    Do listen to the following talks by Fr. Rick Arkfeld, a saint in my judgment, who died of cancer in 1996. These talks will give all in your family deep insight and great solace.
    1. Death of a Child, 2. Stories about Life and Death, 3. The Best is Yet to Come, 4. Rest in His Peace, 5. May I Have This Dance, — all are available at:

    St. Joaseph Radio, P. O. 2983, Orange, CA. 92859 — E-Mail: — WEB:

    Thank you for “The American Catholic”

  8. My brother, whom I am honored to care for, is a fully disabled autistic adult [also, I believe, like Lawrence Charles] and they appear to me at least to bear a remarkable resemblance: blue eyes, brown hair, and a far off angelic look. As one person told my sainted WW2 vet dad who devoted his life to Uncle Joe: “It makes one wonder who are the ‘disabled ones’ at times.” And every day is something new, altho’ always a little upside down and quite quirky. RIP Lawrence Charles. Thank you, Mr. Don McC.

  9. “It makes one wonder who are the ‘disabled ones’ at times.”

    Amen to that Steve. I learned more from Larry than I taught him. He always walked by my right hand when the family was out and about, and I still feel his presence on occasion. Larry was by far the most unique individual I have encountered in this Vale of Tears. A very well meaning woman once said to my wife and me that she knew what a cross we had to bear. We responded honestly that Larry was never anything but a blessing to us. Occasionally he was an exasperating blessing, frequently a humorous one and often a heartwarming one, but always a blessing. We thank God for the 21 and three-quarters years He gave us with Larry.

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