Donald R. McClarey

Crow’s Back on the Menu Boys!

  Well, this is the time of year when I review my predictions for last year and assess how I did.  There is some crow to be consumed by me, but not as much as in some years:   The

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

What’s a Bible Between Friends?

That China-Vatican deal looks better every day:   China will rewrite the Bible and Quran to ‘reflect socialist values’ amid crackdown on the country’s religious groups, a report has revealed.    New editions must not contain any content that goes against

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Pope Saint Dionysius

DIONYSIUS was a priest of the church of Rome, under the pontificates of Stephen and Sixtus II. The latter having received the crown of martyrdom under Valerian, on the 6th of August, 258, through the violence of the persecution, the

Read More »

Christmas Messages

  Christmas messages from President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson.  Interesting that Johnson indicates that the persecution of Christians around the world will be a priority for his administration, something that has also been a priority for the Trump administration. 

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Otto Klemperer: Handel’s Messhiah

The father of actor Werner Klemperer, he of Hogan Heroes’ fame, was a world class conductor.  His conducting of the above performance of Handel’s Messiah is considered definitive by many critics.   From 1965.  Bing Crosby Productions produced many television

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

One Solitary Life

“There is no greater drama in human record than the sight of a few Christians scorned or oppressed by a succession of emperors, bearing all trials by a fierce tenacity, multiplying quietly, building order while their enemies generated chaos, fighting

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Eugenia

SHE suffered at Rome under Valerian about the year 257, and is mentioned by St. Avitus, 1 though we have no authentic acts of her sufferings, those recited by Metaphrastes and Surius deserving no notice. She is also mentioned in the

Read More »
Santa meme based on the Green Lantern oath
Foxfier

Christmas Myths; a C&C reprint

A collection of Christmas and/or holiday myths. I’m going to justify this description by saying a ‘myth’ a sort of old, sideways conspiracy… please play along! Many of these myths have been spread by well meaning, but misinformed or mistaken

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

A Proclamation

  The twenty-fifth day of December. In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth; the two thousand nine hundred

Read More »
Foxfier

When Was Jesus Born?

This is a two-fer, because there’s two questions; one, what month, and two, what year. The implicit question is more like “is it OK to celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December.” The answer to that is yes, yes it

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Scrooge and Conversion

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1: 18   Too often

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Emiliana

ST. GREGORY the Great had three aunts, who were sisters to his father Gordian, the senator, and having by vow consecrated their virginity to God, they practised the exercises of an ascetic or religious life in their father’s house. Their

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Napoleon

I am not as great an admirer of Napoleon as his biographer Andrew Roberts.  I think how I feel about him is reflected in this excerpt from the screenplay Space Seed:   KIRK: Name, Khan, as we know him today.

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Thirty-Eight Years Ago: Reagan Christmas Address

On December 23, 1981, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation.  The video above is an excerpt from that speech.  The portion of the address dealing with the attempt by the then Polish Communist regime to crush Solidarity, the Polish labor

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

December 23, 1960: Night of the Meek

  Originally broadcast on December 23, 1960, the Twilight Zone episode Night of the Meek features Art Carney as a drunken Department Store Santa with a big heart who substitutes for Santa on Christmas.  Rod Serling sums up the message:

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Out With Them All

    It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Victoria

VICTORIA was a young, noble, Roman lady, who being a Christian, desired to live to her heavenly spouse alone in a state of virginity. Eugenius, who sought her in marriage, was provoked at meeting with a repulse, and accused her

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Never Trumpers: The Pharisees ‘R Us Division

  Christopher Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal once again demonstrates why he is on my daily blog reading list: It’s a sign of the desperation of NeverTrumpistan to somehow get clear of The Worst Human Being Who Has Ever Lived

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Why the Incarnation?

  Why did God come to us, as one of us,  in the Incarnation?  Why this particular path for our salvation?   Great saints throughout the history of the Church have sought to answer this question, and perhaps the best answer

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophesies: Daniel 9: 24-27

  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,

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Advent and the Second Coming: Part IV

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,

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Hunger

Hunger (died 866), also known as Hungerus Frisus, was Bishop of Utrecht from 854 to 866. He is a Saint of the Catholic Church.After the death of his predecessor Luidger of Utrecht, Luidger’s nephew Craft was offered the seat. However,

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Greece v. Rome

  From 2016.  Boris Johnson stands for Ancient Greece and historian Mary Beard stands for Ancient Rome.  A politician like Boris Johnson is odd on the British contemporary scene and almost unthinkable on the American scene at any time since

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Potter Inferno

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   WORLD—For a long time, it seemed as though Christians only liked two things: Jesus and burning books. From books of magic in the early church (because of the witchcraft) to

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Peter Canisius

  Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were, to be in collusion with the Church’s enemies and in conformity with the open

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: A Christmas Carol

The Vatican announced today that on December 24 a live action performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be performed at the Vatican.  Pope Francis will star as Ebenezer Scrooge.  Archbishop Carlo Vigano will essay the role of the

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Veni Veni Emmanuel

    Something for the weekend before Christmas.  Veni, Veni Emmanuel.  The words of this magnificent hymn are from the 9th century and the melody is from 15th century France.  It is more familiar these days in its English translation.  Below is a powerful

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

16 Years For Burning a Flag

As Robert Heinlein predicted long ago, these are the crazy years:   – An Iowa man was sentenced to about 16 years in prison after he set fire to a church LGBTQ flag in June. Adolfo Martinez, 30, of Ames

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Thanks Joe!

  It is sporting of Joe Biden to cut campaign commercials for Trump.

Read More »