Donald R. McClarey

Aristocles

  It says something about how odd the West can sometimes be that the actual name of perhaps our most significant philosopher, Aristocles, is largely unknown, while his wrestling nickname, Plato, is all that most people know about him.  

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Donald R. McClarey

McPherson on the 1619 Project

  The best one volume history of the Civil War is Battle Cry of Freedom (1988) by James McPherson, a book which has received endless accolades and earned each one.  I therefore found interesting his comments on the New York

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophecies: 1 Samuel 2: 27-35

  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

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Richard Langley

“The heretics much abused this gentleman at the bar with railing and uncourteous speeches. At his first coming into the hall to be arraigned, he knelt down and asked Mr. Crowe, the priest, his blessing. He said that he would

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and the Second Coming: Part I

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

Always Remember

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Andrew

“We have found the Messiah.” Saint Andrew to Saint Peter, his brother.   The acts of this apostle’s martyrdom, though rejected by Tillemont, &c. are maintained to be genuine by Nat. Alexander, Hist. t. 1, and by Mr. Woog, professor

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Donald R. McClarey

O Come

  Something for the weekend.  Tomorrow Advent gets under way and to rush it a bit we have my favorite version of O Come O Come Emmanuel, which has always sounded to me as if a group of Zealots were

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanksgiving Day Proclamation 2019

On Thanksgiving Day, we remember with reverence and gratitude the bountiful blessings afforded to us by our Creator, and we recommit to sharing in a spirit of thanksgiving and generosity with our friends, neighbors, and families. Nearly four centuries ago,

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Saturninus

I adore one only God, and to him I am ready to offer a sacrifice of praise. Your gods are devils, and are more delighted with the sacrifice of your souls than with those of your bullocks. How can I

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Donald R. McClarey

USMC v. SPQR

Not quite as one sided as Napoleon having a B-52 at Waterloo, or the Allies confronting in World War II a Nazi reared Ubermensch.  

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Donald R. McClarey

Holiday Advisory for Turkeys

Hattip to Dale Price.

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanksgiving in Hong Kong

  May God bless and keep them:   China warned the United States on Thursday that it would take “firm counter measures” in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said attempts to interfere in the

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanksgiving With the Troops

President Trump made a surprise visit to our troops at Bagram air base in Afghanistan today.  Good.  Being far from home bites even harder for our troops at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Trump going there reminds them that America has not

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanksgiving Proclamation: 1789

Throughout the American Revolution Congress had set aside days of Thanksgiving to God for American victories.  After the surrender of Burgoyne in 1777 Congress authorized General Washington to proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving, which he did, designating it to

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed James Thompson

I had forgotten one thing.  I pray and beseech you all to bear witness here that I die in the Catholic faith. Said by Blessed James Thompson on the gallows at York on November 28, 1582.  Awaiting trial, he was

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. Augustine, Thoughts on Advent

As I was doing my nightly reading of  Augustine Day by Day, it struck me how appropriate the readings were for Advent, so I’d like to share them.   (Presumably the editor for this book, John Rotelle, chose them for this very

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Donald R. McClarey

Panic in the Sky

  As a boy I watched endless reruns of the Superman live action series.  My favorite episode was Panic in the Sky which aired in 1953, the twelfth episode of the second season.  Both Superman and Clark Kent in that

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Donald R. McClarey

Arkancide Most Fowl

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   WASHINGTON, D.C.—A turkey recently pardoned by President Trump was found dead after claiming to have dirt on the Clintons, sources at the FBI confirmed today. The official cause of death

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanks for Nothing!

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: U.S.—In honor of Thanksgiving week, the nation’s progressives have begun to give thanks that they have so much to be angry and offended about this year. “Thank you, unspecified deity who

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Donald R. McClarey

Of Turkeys, Eagles and Grizzly Bears

  After the American Revolution, former American officers in that struggle created a fraternal organization called the Society of Cinncinatus, named after the Roman consul and dictator, a constitutional office of the Roman Republic in emergencies, who saved Rome through

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Donald R. McClarey

Confederate Thanksgiving

Once more upon the plains of Manassas have our armies been blessed by the Lord of Hosts with a triumph over our enemies. It is my privilege to invite you once more to His footstool, not now in the garb

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Donald R. McClarey

November 24, 1864: Thanksgiving for the Troops

    In 1864 the Union League decided to raise a fund to supply Thanksgiving dinner on November 24, 1864 for the Union soldiers and sailors fighting in the East.  The reaction of the Northern public to this plan was overwhelming.  over

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint James Intercisus

November 27 St. James, Surnamed Intercisus, Martyr         ST. JAMES was a native of Beth-Lapeta, a royal city in Persia; a nobleman of the first rank, and of the highest reputation in that kingdom for his birth

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Donald R. McClarey

Honk!

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Trump delighted a crowd gathered on the White House lawn as he participated in a beloved annual tradition: the execution of an extremely irritating goose. The president went

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Donald R. McClarey

Never Trumper End Game

The immolation of the Never Trumper movement proceeds apace.  As long time readers of this blog know, I only reluctantly supported Trump in 2016.  I will enthusiastically support him in 2020, largely due to his policies, but somewhat due to

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Donald R. McClarey

Is This Canon?

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Donald R. McClarey

Wainwright’s Prayer

After General Douglas MacArthur, over his fiery objections, was ordered to leave Bataan during the Japanese conquest of the Philippines, Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright was left in command, putting up a heroic fight until forced to surrender his starving, diseased

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Conrad of Constance

November 26 St. Conrad, Bishop of Constance, Confessor       THIS eminent servant of God was, by his humility and sanctity, the bright ornament of the most illustrious house of the Guelphs, in Germany, which so many princes have

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Donald R. McClarey

What Would Thanksgiving be Without Shatner?

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Donald R. McClarey

Good Reformed Guy With a Gun

  Saint Dismas would be proud:   As court records show, that past includes a 2000 conviction for felony theft. Fortunately for DPS Trooper Edward Andersson, whose life hung on the edge before Yoxall showed up on January 12, Yoxall had

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Donald R. McClarey

Nice is no Substitute for Christ

Bravo Ed Feser!:     The Mr. Rogers biopic, with Tom Hanks in the starring role, comes out this week and has been getting a lot of positive attention – in some cases, embarrassingly rapturous attention. This might seem surprising

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Donald R. McClarey

The Political Uses of Hysteria

When in danger, When in doubt, Run in circles Scream and shout! Anonymous U.S. military saying, e.g. Infantry Journal, Vol. 35, (1929), p. 369.       The whole Climate Change hysteria is a useful example of a tactic as

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