John Clark

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The Annunciation: When Angels Held Their Breath

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux writes that when Saint Gabriel announced to Mary that she had been chosen to be the Mother of God, it was as though the angels in Heaven held their breath waiting for her reply. Prior to that moment, the angels in...

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Rejoice! We Have Reasons For Great Hope Today

During this week, as the bishops of the world have steadily announced the suspension of public Masses, the Catholic faithful have been shocked, distressed and dismayed. The thought that we and our loved ones cannot physically attend Mass is a...

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How to Make a Consecration to St. Joseph

Several weeks ago at Sunday Mass, as I was going through some fatherly difficulty, I asked Saint Joseph for his intercession. As a Catholic husband of 27 years of marriage and a father of nine children, I have developed a strong devotion to Saint...

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Was Saint Joseph Happy?

Saint Joseph, husband to Mary and foster father to Jesus, is the patron saint of a happy death. Perhaps especially for Catholic husbands and fathers, St. Joseph should also be our model for a happy life. The Gospels tell us very little about...

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What St. Patrick Can Still Teach the World

It’s terribly unfortunate when Catholic feast days and holydays become secularized and disconnected from any Christian meaning. Saint Valentine’s Day becomes just “Valentine’s Day,” Easter is somehow about bunnies, and Christmas is about new...

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It’s Time To Fully Defund Planned Parenthood By Executive Order

Some people think that the Trump administration has fully defunded Planned Parenthood. But this isn’t true. According to its own records, Planned Parenthood received almost 617 million dollars from the federal government in its fiscal year...

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Forgiveness Is Not Enough

Many years ago, the great literary critic Alexander Pope wrote, “To err is human; to forgive is divine.” As an aphorism, it is pithy and insightful, yet incomplete. Forgiveness is indeed divine, of course, but God wills something...

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Why We Keep Marching for Life

Every year, when they see the news coverage of the March for Life, some people will ask why we bother marching. It’s not a dumb question—when it comes to protecting unborn life at the national level, politics has largely failed. Even under the...

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Should Priests Speak About Party Politics?

Over the past few years, it seems that priests have become increasingly eager to comment on American politics. Through various means—homilies, discussions, columns, blogs, social media—priests are letting their thoughts and feelings be known. But...

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The Politicization of the Sacrament of Penance

With the push for same-sex marriage, the past few years have witnessed the politicization of matrimony. As divorced-and-remarried persons demand Communion irrespective of the status of their matrimonial vows, we have also seen the politicization...