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Author Archive: Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 30 years. Small town lawyer. President of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center. Easily amused as demonstrated by the fact that he blogs for amusement.

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thomas Babington Macaulay

August 21, AD2016 1 Comment
Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thomas Babington Macaulay

Joseph Stalin: “How many divisions has the Pope?“ Pius XII (later, to Winston Churchill) : “Tell my son Joseph he will meet my divisions in heaven.“ In all the hurly-burly of day to day events regarding the Church, it is sometimes good to take several steps back and take a very long view of the […]

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The Angel of the Trenches

July 7, AD2016 0 Comments
The Angel of the Trenches

Joao Baptista DeValles was born in 1879 in Saint Miquel in the Azores.  At the age of two, his family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts.  His first name anglicized to John, he quickly proved himself a brilliant student, eventually becoming fluent in six languages.  Ordained a priest in 1906 he served at Falls River at Espirito Santo Church, […]

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“Angel of the Trenches”

June 21, AD2016 236 Comments
“Angel of the Trenches”

Joao Baptista DeValles was born in 1879, in Saint Miquel in the Azores. At the age of 2 his family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts. His first name anglicized to John, he quickly proved himself a brilliant student, eventually becoming fluent in six languages. Ordained a priest in 1906, he served at Falls River, at […]

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John Adams and the Mass

May 24, AD2016 7 Comments
John Adams and the Mass

Adams was Unsympathetic to the Catholic Faith John Adams, second President of these United States, was a man of very firm convictions.   Once he decided to support a cause, most notably American independence, nothing on this Earth could convince him to change his mind.  In regard to religion, he was raised a Congregationalist.  Although described as a […]

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Anne de Gaulle

April 21, AD2016 1 Comment
Anne de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle could be a very frustrating man.  Churchill, in reference to de Gaulle, said that the heaviest cross he had to bear during the war was the Cross of Lorraine, the symbol of the Free French forces. Arrogant, autocratic, often completely unreasonable, de Gaulle was all of these. However, there is no denying that he was also […]

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George Washington and Catholics

March 1, AD2016 2 Comments
George Washington and Catholics

America has been blessed by God in many ways but I suspect no blessing has been greater than His granting us George Washington to lead us in our struggle for independence and to be our first President.  Catholics have perhaps more reason than other Americans to keep the memory of Washington alive in our hearts.  In a […]

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The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

January 28, AD2016 2 Comments
The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

The problem of God allowing terrible things to happen to innocent people used to be of merely philosophical interest to me until my 21 year old son died in his sleep during the early morning hours of Pentecost in 2013. Endless words have been written on this subject, but I have always found moving the thought process […]

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Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

December 29, AD2015 8 Comments
Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

Today is the feast day of my confirmation saint, Saint Thomas Becket, the holy, blessed martyr.  His story tells us how foreign to our time the Middle Ages are. Becket was a worldly cleric who had risen to be chancellor of England for Henry II. Henry seized the opportunity to place his man, Becket, on […]

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Brother Orchid

December 5, AD2015 1 Comment
Brother Orchid

“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 do not come odder, or more heart warming, than Brother Orchid (1940).  I believe that this movie can teach us something about selflessness during […]

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Blessed Bernard Lichtenberg and Courage

November 5, AD2015 0 Comments
Blessed Bernard Lichtenberg and Courage

“Our wholehearted paternal sympathy goes out to those who must pay so dearly for their loyalty to Christ and the Church; but directly the highest interests are at stake, with the alternative of spiritual loss, there is but one alternative left, that of heroism.“ Pius XI, Mit Brennender Sorge We Americans tend to be an outspoken […]

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Columbus, Catholicism and Courage

October 8, AD2015 59 Comments
Columbus, Catholicism and Courage

  “This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy’s motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the […]

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Abraham Lincoln and the Catholic Church

September 14, AD2015 5 Comments
Abraham Lincoln and the Catholic Church

On July 4, 1864 Abraham Lincoln had much to pre-occupy his mind.  Grant’s drive on Richmond had bogged down into a stalemated siege to the south of Richmond around the city of Petersburg.  Grant, due to the appalling Union casualties of the campaign, was routinely denounced as a butcher in Northern newspapers, a charge echoed […]

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Saint Joseph the Worker and Dad

September 10, AD2015 1 Comment
Saint Joseph the Worker and Dad

Every Labor Day weekend two men always pop up in my mind:  Saint Joseph the Worker and my Dad.  When I was growing up I always associated Saint Joseph and my Father.  I thought of Saint Joseph as the strong, silent type.  The Gospels recall no speeches or quotes of Saint Joseph, but it does […]

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800 Years of Magna Carta

June 18, AD2015 0 Comments
800 Years of Magna Carta

At Runnymede, at Runnymede, What say the reeds at Runnymede? The lissom reeds that give and take, That bend so far, but never break, They keep the sleepy Thames awake With tales of John at Runnymede. At Runnymede, at Runnymede, Oh, hear the reeds at Runnymede: ‘You musn’t sell, delay, deny, A freeman’s right or […]

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Favorite Books of the Bible

May 12, AD2015 3 Comments
Favorite Books of the Bible

  Since my parents purchased a Bible for me, at my request, for Christmas 1970, I have read a chapter from the New Testament and a chapter from the Old each night.  What a magnificent collection of books the Bible is!  Prophecies, histories, court chronicles, songs, gospels, letters, codes of laws and so much more.  […]

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Make the Sign of the Cross and Go In!

April 20, AD2015 3 Comments
Make the Sign of the Cross and Go In!

Outside of his family, General William S. Rosecrans had three great passions in his life: His religion, Roman Catholicism, to which he had converted as a cadet at West Point, the Army and the Union. In the Civil War, all three passions coincided. Rising to the rank of Major General and achieving command of the […]

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Lent In a Sinless Age

March 24, AD2015 1 Comment
Lent In a Sinless Age

I have never much enjoyed Lent; of course the purpose of Lent is not enjoyment.  Repentance, mortification, fasting casts for me a gray pallor over this time of year.  Like many things in life I do not like, foul tasting medicine, judges who insist on strict adherence to the law, honest traffic cops, I benefit […]

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Clean Slate

February 25, AD2015 4 Comments
Clean Slate

My bride and I  went to Confession last week on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and once again I pitied the poor priest who had to hear my lawyer’s confession!  I have never been to Confession without feeling a great sense of relief. Here is the formula that I have followed for Confessions since childhood: Bless me […]

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The Franklin and Father O’Callahan

January 20, AD2015 2 Comments
The Franklin and Father O’Callahan

A hallmark of the Jesuit Order has been courage.  The Order founded by that Basque soldier turned saint, Saint Ignatius Loyola, had as little use for fear as it did for doubt.  The “black robes” of the Jesuits in New France were typical of the Jesuit soldiers of Christ in their almost super-human courage in disdaining […]

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Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

December 26, AD2014 2 Comments
Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

As the year ends, I always recall my confirmation saint, Saint Thomas Becket, the holy, blessed martyr, whose feast day falls on December 29.  His story tells us how foreign to our time the Middle Ages are.  Becket was a worldly cleric who had risen to be chancellor of England for Henry II.  Henry seized the […]

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