John Clark

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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...

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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...