John Clark

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Science Told Me To Do It

In the current COVID-19 debate in America and around the world, there is an oft-repeated argument that has come to be recognized as definitive: “Science tells us to do it!”   Whether the “it” here refers to denying priests the ability to bring...

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Practice Random Acts of Kindness and See the Face of God

After delivering a speech a few years ago, a member of the audience came up and told me that something I said to her decades ago had helped her tremendously. I remembered having met her, but had no idea that anything I said had such an impact in...

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Are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Still Self-Evident Rights?

On the Fourth of July, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence, the birth announcement of America to the world. We ponder these immortal words of Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created...

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If the Sacraments Aren’t Essential, Nothing Is Essential

Last year, I wrote a column arguing that if priests and bishops refuse to stand up for the Sacrament of Matrimony, they will eventually grow reluctant to stand up for the other sacraments as well. I sorely hoped I would be wrong. With some of the...

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Were the Apostles Sad at the Ascension?

When we imagine the Apostles watching Jesus ascend through the clouds into the heavens, the event of Our Lord’s Ascension might strike us as a rather sad event.     After all, the Apostles had spent three years with Jesus, during which time they...

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Don’t Let Coronavirus Form Your Impression of Homeschooling

“We’re all homeschoolers now.” That’s a recurring meme that’s been making its way around the internet for the past few months. As schools have closed in response to Covid-19, parents across the country—many of whom would have never considered...

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Harvard’s Bizarre Take on Homeschooling

An article in Harvard Magazine called “The Risks of Homeschooling” by Erin O’Donnell has been making the rounds lately in the Catholic homeschooling world. Since the article casts a wide net of aspersions upon a form of education that many of us...

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Our Best Defense is Sanctifying Grace

The whole world finds itself in a frantic search for a defense against Covid-19. Some recommend such preventative “medicine” as exercise, rest, nutrition, hydration, fresh air, sunlight, vitamins and minerals. Others suggest masks and gloves....

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Coronavirus and Our Need For Each Other

Since America’s quarantine began several weeks ago, mental health professionals have warned that isolation — notwithstanding its potential “curve-flattening” positives — can have serious psychological negatives. Though that position is supported...

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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...