Donald R. McClarey

Advent and the Second Coming: Part II

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

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Malachi

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come,

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Nicholas: Bishop of Myra, Decker of Heretics, Giver of Gifts

After the king seated himself on the throne, one hundred and fifty nine fathers seated themselves at either side of him, both they and Arius arguing with much unease.  Saint Nicholas, noticing that Arius was about to quash all the

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Donald R. McClarey

Brother Orchid: The Seductive Power of Good

    Brother Superior: When the heart speaks, Brother Orchid, other hearts must listen. Brother Orchid (1940) Interested in seeing a screwball-comedy-film noir gangster-western-religious flick?  I am always on the lookout for oddball films for Advent and they don’t come

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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

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

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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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

Norad Tracking Santa

When I was a kid, perhaps because I was the son of an Air Force veteran, I always thrilled to the tracking of Santa by Norad (North American Air Defense).  I am happy to see that Norad is still doing

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Donald R. McClarey

December 24, 1968: In the Beginning

“We were told that on Christmas Eve we would have the largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice, and the only instructions that we got from NASA was to do something appropriate.” Colonel Frank Borman, Commander of

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and Anti-Christ, Part IV

    The fourth and final part of my presentation of the four sermons on the Anti-Christ delivered by John Henry Cardinal Newman before his conversion during Advent in 1835.  Part I is here, part II is here and Part

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophesies: Malachi 1: 10-11

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

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Donald R. McClarey

Handel’s Advent Messiah

Something for the weekend.  The Advent portions of Handel’s Messiah.  The above video is the Overture. Next we have “Comfort Ye” which is a messianic text from Isaiah 40. “Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God. Speak ye

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and Anti-Christ, Part III

Part three of my presentation of the four sermons of John Henry Cardinal Newman on the Anti-Christ delivered in 1835 before his conversion.  Part I is here and Part II is here. In this sermon Newman considers the City and Empire

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Donald R. McClarey

George Washington and the Divine Author of Our Blessed Religion

    A contemplation of the compleat attainment (at a period earlier than could have been expected) of the object for which we contended against so formidable a power cannot but inspire us with astonishment and gratitude. The disadvantageous circumstances

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent Light in Darkest Night

   It is time to awaken from sleep. It is time for a waking up to begin somewhere. It is time to put things back where God the Lord put them. Father Alfred Delp, SJ During Advent 1944 Father Alfred

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and John the Baptist

  In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and Anti-Christ, Part II

Part II of my presentation of the four sermons on the Anti-Christ given by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman during Advent in 1835 before his conversion.  Part I is here. In this second sermon Newman concentrates on what we can glean

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Donald R. McClarey

Seasonal Blasphemy

It is the Left’s favorite time of the year to utter blasphemies and so demonstrate their complete contempt for believing Christians:   A Minnesota professor suggested in a series of tweets that the Virgin Mary did not consent to the

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophesies: Psalm 108: 1-10

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

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and Anti-Christ, Part I

  (I originally posted these sermons back in 2009 when the readership of the blog was quite smaller.  Time to do so again.  The Anti-Christ would seem at first blush to be a theme for the end of the liturgical year

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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

Messianic Prophecies: Genesis 49: 10

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

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent Sermons of Saint Augustine: The Word Made Flesh

This is our fourth and final look this Advent at the sermons of Saint Augustine.  Saint Augustine meditates on how inadequate human words are to describe The Word:   It is not at all strange that human consideration and human

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Donald R. McClarey

Video Clip Worth Watching: Brother Orchid Confesses

      Brother Superior: When the heart speaks, Brother Orchid, other hearts must listen. Brother Orchid (1940)       A brilliant scene from a brilliant movie, Edward G. Robinson as Brother Orchid takes a large step in his gradual

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Donald R. McClarey

Hipster Nativity?

Go here to read about it.  Some things you just can’t unsee, no matter how much you may wish to.  (I suspect however that my crocheting bride might appreciate the humor of the sheep wearing a sweater.)

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Donald R. McClarey

Anti-Catholic Bigotry Alive and Well in DC

Just in time for Christmas:   The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority threw down the hammer on the Catholic Church last month when it rejected a rather benign Christmas ad for the Church’s website FindThePerfectGift.org. The Church turned around and

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 11: 10

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

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Donald R. McClarey

How to Be Happy

[34] But the Pharisees hearing that he had silenced the Sadducees, came together: [35] And one of them, a doctor of the law, asking him, tempting him: [36] Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? [37] Jesus said

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent Sermons of Saint Augustine: Truth Has Arisen From the Earth

      In our third look this Advent at sermons of Saint Augustine, he describes for us what the coming of Christ means:   Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent Sermons of Saint Augustine: the Son Became Man

In our second look this Advent at sermons of Saint Augustine, we read in matchless prose what it meant for the Son to become Man:     In the bosom of His Father, He existed before all the cycles of

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophesies: Daniel 2: 44-45

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

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent Sermons of Saint Augustine: the Emptying of Christ

This Advent on each Sunday we will look at portions of sermons that Saint Augustine wrote for delivery during Advent.  We begin with Saint Augustine’s meditation on one of the chief mysteries of the Incarnation:  the emptying of Christ:  

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