Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Anselm

Come now, insignificant man, fly for a moment from your affairs, escape for a little while from the tumult of your thoughts. Put aside now your weighty cares and leave your wearisome toils. Abandon yourself for a little to God

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O Sacred Head

Something for the weekend.  O Sacred Head Surrounded.  The lyrics of this hymn derive from the latin poem Salve Mundi Salutare.  The authorship is open to doubt although I agree with those who attribute at least part of the poem

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Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Robert Watkinson

He was born at Hemingborough, Yorkshire, educated at Douay and Rome, and ordained priest at Arras. In 1602 he crossed to England, and, being in ill health, put himself under the care of a physician in London. A few days

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Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed James Duckett

“If I were made the Queen’s secretary or treasurer, you would not weep. Do but keep yourself God’s servant and in the unity of God’s Church, and I shall be able to do you more good, being now to go

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Report to the Emperor-First Draft

(I post this each year on Good Friday.  A holy and happy Easter to all contributors, commenters and readers of TAC.) I thank you Marcus for taking on the onerous task of acting as my secretary, in addition to your

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Not the Babylon Bee

  Remember folks, the people who write the New York Times, and many of those who read it, consider themselves the intellectual elite:   I was intrigued today by the mystery of a small Jesus statue that features prominently in

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An Appeal to Ink-Stained Heaven

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   ATLANTA, GA—Anchors at CNN headquarters have made a bold statement of unwavering faith after the Mueller Report revealed no actual evidence that Trump colluded with Russia. “We believe in collusion

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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