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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Blessed John Paul II:  First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence

Blessed John Paul II: First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence

| 03-25-AD2014 | [10]

Sometimes a great historical figure is not as recognized as such during his lifetime.  Other historical figures are recognized as monumentally important even while they live.  John Paul II, who will be canonized on April 27, 2014, was definitely in the latter category.  He was the most important Pope of the last century, and the […]

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Lenten Courage: Blessed Clemens von Galen, The Lion of Munster

Lenten Courage: Blessed Clemens von Galen, The Lion of Munster

| 02-25-AD2014 | [6]

“Neither praise nor threats will distance me from God.” – Blessed Clemens von Galen (1878-1946) . The Nazis hated and feared Clemens August Graf von Galen in life and no doubt they still hate and fear him, at least those now enjoying the amenities of some of the less fashionable pits of Hell.  Going into Lent, […]

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Feast Day of the Dumb Ox

Feast Day of the Dumb Ox

| 01-29-AD2014 | [2]

“You call him Dumb Ox?  This Dumb Ox will fill all the world with his bellowing.” -Saint Albert the Great, responding to jibes from some of the other students he was instructing aimed at a young Thomas Aquinas Yesterday, January 28th, was the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas, who was granted three gifts from […]

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A New Year and A New Hope

A New Year and A New Hope

| 12-31-AD2013 | [6]

I do not regret this year coming to a close. For me, 2013 will always be the year when my beloved son, Lawrence C. McClarey, died at the age of 21 of an epileptic seizure during the middle of the night. His death was completely unexpected. Other than what we thought were mild seizures, he had them from […]

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The Devil You Say?

The Devil You Say?

| 12-03-AD2013 | [3]

Considering all the extravagant evil in the world, I have always found it remarkable that so many people do not believe in the existence of Satan and his fallen angels. Pope Leo XIII foresaw this, which is why he gave us the prayer to Saint Michael. In 1942 CS Lewis in The Screwtape Letters wrote what may […]

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Remember, Remember

Remember, Remember

| 11-05-AD2013 | [4]

The idiotic anti-Catholic celebration of Guy Fawkes Day, observed each November fifth, was effectively ended in America during the Revolution, in large part due to George Washington.  Here is his order on November 5, 1775: As the Commander in Chief has been apprized of a design form’d for the observance of that ridiculous and childish custom […]

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Catholics in the American Revolution

Catholics in the American Revolution

| 10-08-AD2013 | [2]

Nor, perchance did the fact which We now recall take place without some design of divine Providence. Precisely at the epoch when the American colonies, having, with Catholic aid, achieved liberty and independence, coalesced into a constitutional Republic the ecclesiastical hierarchy was happily established amongst you; and at the very time when the popular suffrage […]

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The Pope, The Clown, and The Cross

The Pope, The Clown, and The Cross

| 09-10-AD2013 | [7]

In 1957 comedian Red Skelton was on top of the world. His weekly comedy show on CBS was doing well. He had  curtailed the drinking which had almost derailed his career. Not too shabby for a man who had started out as a circus and rodeo clown and who was now often called the clown prince of American […]

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Honest Abe and Dagger John

Honest Abe and Dagger John

| 08-13-AD2013 | [3]

Archbishop John Hughes (1797-1864) of New York, was a titan within the Catholic Church in America in the nineteenth century. Overseeing with skill the explosive growth of the Church in New York, and helping lead generations of Catholic immigrants out of poverty, he also found time to take part in the public affairs of his day, […]

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Meek, Pious and Brave as a Lion

Meek, Pious and Brave as a Lion

| 07-16-AD2013 | [2]

Peter Paul Cooney was born in County Roscommin, Ireland in 1822.  He went with his family to America at the age of 5.  Raised on a farm in Monroe, Michigan.  Studying at Notre Dame it was perhaps fated that he would become a Holy Cross priest, although he wasn’t ordained until the age of 37.  […]

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Pio Nono, the Washington Monument and the Purloined Block of Marble

Pio Nono, the Washington Monument and the Purloined Block of Marble

| 06-18-AD2013 | [4]

Well it took long enough.  George Washington had been dead for more than three decades before a society was founded to build a monument to his honor in the city which bore his name. In 1832, the centenary of the birth of Washington, the Washington National Monument Society was founded. The Society began raising funds […]

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POW Servant of God

POW Servant of God

| 04-26-AD2013 | [3]

In the midst of a World War, Emil Kapaun was born in peaceful Pilsen, Kansas on August 20, 1916.  His parents were Czech immigrants and virtually everyone in the area spoke Czech.  From an early age Emil knew that he wanted to be a priest and would play mass with his younger brother.  Graduating from […]

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Pope Leo and Saint Michael the Archangel

Pope Leo and Saint Michael the Archangel

| 04-23-AD2013 | [13]

In 1947 Father Domenico Pechenino related what he had witnessed over six decades before. “I do not remember the exact year. One morning the great Pope Leo XIII had celebrated a Mass and, as usual, was attending a Mass of thanksgiving. Suddenly, we saw him raise his head and stare at something above the celebrant’s […]

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Report to the Emperor-First Draft

Report to the Emperor-First Draft

| 03-26-AD2013 | [5]

I thank you Marcus for taking on the onerous task of acting as my secretary, in addition to your regular duties as my aide, in regard to this portion of the report.  The Greek, Aristides, is competent, and like most Greek secretaries his Latin is quite graceful, but also like most Greek secretaries he does […]

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Chesty Puller and Catholic Chaplains

Chesty Puller and Catholic Chaplains

| 02-26-AD2013 | [21]

  Some men become legends after their deaths and others become legends while they are alive.  Lewis Burwell Puller, forever known as “Chesty”, was in the latter category.  Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1918 he would serve until 1955, rising in rank from private to lieutenant-general.  Throughout his career he led from the front, […]

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Pope Resigning

Pope Resigning

| 02-11-AD2013 | [0]

  There is a report just in that Pope Benedict is resigning on February 28. VATICAN CITY) — Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end […]

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Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan

Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan

| 01-29-AD2013 | [47]

I have long heard about Pope Paul VI having referred to the “smoke of Satan” having entered the Church.  Usually most references to it do not mention when it was said and in what context.  The quote apparently was said on June 29, 1972 by Pope Paul VI on the ninth anniversary of his coronation […]

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