Saint Augustine on God as Father

Sunday, June 19, AD 2016



THE  SON OF GOD, our Lord Jesus Christ, has taught us a prayer; and though He be the Lord Himself, as you have heard and repeated in the creed, the only Son of God, yet He would not be alone. He is the only Son, and yet would not be alone; He wishes to have brothers. For to whom does He say: “Our Father who art in Heaven?” Whom did He wish us to call our Father but His own Father? Did He begrudge us this? Parents sometimes, when they have had one, or two, or three children, fear to give birth to any more lest they reduce the rest to beggary. But because the inheritance which He promised us is such as many may possess and no one be impoverished, therefore has He called into His brotherhood the peoples of the nations; and the only Son has numberless brothers who say, “Our Father who art in Heaven.” So said they who have been before us; and so shall say those who will come after us. See how many brethren the only Son has in His grace, sharing His inheritance with those for whom He suffered death. We had a father and mother on earth, that we might be born to labors and to death: but we have found other parents, God our Father, and the Church our Mother, by whom we are born unto life eternal. Let us then consider, beloved, whose children we have began to be; and let us live so as becomes those who have such a Father. See how that our Creator has condescended to be our Father!

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  • To the “numberless brothers who say, Our Father, Who art in Heaven..” Happy Father’s Day!

    Picking out a Father’s Day card for the parish priest is an expression of appreciation.
    Our Priest is extraordinary, Fr. Libby. He has helped create vocations to the priesthood. One example is Father Jarvis, who will be celebrating Holy Mass at 11am this morning in the Latin Rite. His first one.
    What a Father’s Day gift to God the Father Almighty.

    “Our life truly is a gift from God the Father, and what we do with our lives is our gift back to Him.” Author unknown.

  • A quick note of thanks, Mr. McClarey, for this fine blog and your eclectic offerings that are so good for the soul. I realized that I just take it for granted; just pop on to your site and consume all the fine things you present every day. The least I can do is thank you for it. So, Thank You!

    St. Augustine started me on the path (through his “Confessions”) that ultimately led me out of Protestantism in which I was raised, into the Catholc Church some 15 years later. I always (especially these days) appreciate wisdom from the “good Doctor” in his unique and personal, precise, logical, progressive, discoursing style. Leave it to him to open up a new avenue of appreciation for our Heavenly Father through His Son

  • You are more than welcome Brian. I enjoy doing it, and I feel called to be doing it.

6 Responses to Why I Like Being a Dad

  • 10 is my favorite. 9 is a close second

  • I recall a story of my old Oxford tutor, the Catholic philosopher, Miss Anscombe (she was married to another philosopher, Peter Geach, but was always “Miss Anscombe”)
    During her sixth or seventh pregnancy, Miss Anscombe went into the lecture theatre to find that someone had written “Anscombe breeds” on the blackboard (This passed for wit in that ancient seat of learning)
    Miss Anscombe picked up the chalk, wrote on the blackboard and then began her lecture without further comment. She had amended it to read “Anscombe breeds IMMORTAL BEINGS!”

  • A good response by her MPS! Why on Earth whoever scrawled that thought it was an insult or funny is beyond me since what she was doing was perfectly natural for a married woman to do. Perhaps even back then we were seeing the reaction of so many would be intellectuals to the process of human reproduction: love the sex, hate the whole purpose for why it is being done.

  • Donald R McClarey wrote, “ Perhaps even back then we were seeing the reaction of so many would be intellectuals to the process of human reproduction…”
    It could be so.
    Miss Anscombe was a fellow of Somerville, then a ladies’ college. There were some twenty fellows and she remarked to me once, that the Geaches made up half the children at the annual children’s’ Xmas party. Indeed, a good half of the fellows were unmarried.
    A generation earlier, until the end of WWII, there had been a tradition of female academics resigning on marriage; a career and family was thought to be incompatible for women. Miss Anscombe rather dispelled that notion; she went on to become Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge, the chair formerly held by her old teacher and friend, Wittgenstein. She was his translator and literary editor.

  • Sorry- that picture/video is just tooo creeepy to get past… leaves me paralysed. Are Dads clowns?

  • Watch the entire video Christine and I believe you will have a different reaction to it.

20 of my Dadisms

Sunday, June 17, AD 2012

Ah, Dadisms, the short hand that many fathers use as they attempt to navigate life with their families.  Here are some of my favorite:



1.   Clean up this dump!

2.   You are not going outside like that!

3.   When I was young and dinosaurs ruled the earth…

4.   I’m proud of you!

5.   Always get it in writing.

6.   Can’t I trade you in for a new kid?

7.   Because I said so, that’s why!

8.   Did you ask Mom?

9.   Take this twenty, it might come in handy.

10.  Careful, there are lots of loosely wired people out there.

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  • My dad always makes lame puns (I picked it up from him).

  • Wait until you have kids Valentin. You will constantly find your dad’s words coming out of your mouth!

  • i like # 17 the best

  • I got one that from my Mom Anzlyne!

  • “No you can’t have an ear ring. Do you want people to think you’re a gay bob?” 🙂

    But they both got one – did it themselves with a needle.

    5 years later, they both let the “hole” grow over – no ear rings from the time they were 22.
    (That was my 2 sons, of course)
    “Dad, can I get my ears pierced?”.
    “Yes honey, of course you can.”
    See how fathers are biased toward their daughters. 🙂

  • “When you turn 18, have a job and pay your own way, then you can please yourself. But while you’re living in my home, eating my food, you’ll do as your mother wants – just like I do” 🙂

  • OT: Donald,

    I started a new blog for Federalists, Conservatives, Catholics – see here: – it’s basically a link concatenator. TAC has already made a couple of appearances. Similar to the Pulp.It, but with less of a religious focus.


  • 😆 Memory.
    This one is from my Mum, when my older brother and I were still at home, 20 ish, and slept in the same room.
    7.15 a.m. Sunday morning.
    Door opens.
    “Get up you boys, time for Mass. Pooh !! this room smells like a brewery – I hope you weren’t drunk – you’ll have to get to confession.”

    Aren’t Mothers also a Godsend? 🙂

  • Yes Don mothers are the people you can count on to wake you up when you should, without regrets, and when you don’t want to.

  • Great Jonathan! I will add it to our blogroll.

  • Don I think my children might be a little more embarrassed by me making jokes about accents, becaushje I have the tawent of shounding chineje.

  • Donald,

    Thank you!


  • Some of our family’s Dadisms:

    “Every time you step on the brake, you wasted gasoline.”

    “You just gotta jiggle it.” (About anything that isn’t working)

    “Everything breaks sooner or later. A hinge has only got so many swivels in it, a switch has only got so many flips in it, etc. It’s called planned obsolescence and everything has it!”

    “So… how’s it going” (out of nowhere even after you’ve spent the last 96 consecutive hours together)

    “Are you going to remember this moment forever?”

    “A present will make someone smile, but a GIFT will make them cry”

  • Something which my great grandpa used to say apparently in German (this doesn’t make much sense on the face of it) “to get a ham you need to throw in a few sausages” and that means that if you want a good outcome (the ham) you need to put in good effort(the sausages).

  • There is a difference between “know” and “do”! Usually said after the umteenth time he was told “I know Dad!” but nothing was actually done.

  • Best advice I ever got from my Dad was almost a throwaway comment in a conversation: “Never get so attached to any _thing_ that you can’t just up and walk away from it.” Wise man…

Only a Dad

Sunday, June 17, AD 2012

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years.

Mark Twain

Only a dad with a tired face,

 Coming home from the daily race,

 Bringing little of gold or fame

 To show how well he has played the game;

 But glad in his heart that his own rejoice

 To see him come and to hear his voice.

 Only a dad with a brood of four,

 One of ten million men or more

 Plodding along in the daily strife,

 Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,

 With never a whimper of pain or hate,

 For the sake of those who at home await.

 Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,

 Merely one of the surging crowd,

 Toiling, striving from day to day,

 Facing whatever may come his way,

 Silent whenever the harsh condemn,

 And bearing it all for the love of them.

 Only a dad but he gives his all,

 To smooth the way for his children small,

 Doing with courage stern and grim

 The deeds that his father did for him.

 This is the line that for him I pen:

 Only a dad, but the best of men

Edgar Guest

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Mr. President, Not Even Close to Good Enough

Wednesday, June 16, AD 2010

Mr. President,

Last night you gave an address using the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as an opportunity to pontificate about many subjects. I am afraid that far from convincing me you are leading the federal government well in this disaster, you have removed beyond a doubt your indifference to the state of Louisiana. Since you rarely visited the state before the disaster (even when the un-repaired damage done by Hurricane Katrina should have called your attention), perhaps I, as a resident of this great state, can explain what you obviously don’t understand.

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8 Responses to Mr. President, Not Even Close to Good Enough

  • Flappin’ gums don’t get things done!

    Do something besides execrating BP and demolishing the unjsut, racist capitalist economy!

  • Bravo. I would not like to be President with the current problems that face the country including the disaster in the Gulf. But the man wanted the job and billed that the planet would start to heal with his ascent. Now he’s learning that neither the tides nor disasters heed his will.

    Leadership is a lot more than talk.

  • I honestly did not seize the opportunity to observe the speech, but I was amazed to learn that Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman heavily critized the President.

    Olberman said: “It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days.”

    Matthews compared Obama to Carter, said that he had “no direction,” was “a lot of meritocracy, a lot of blue ribbon talk” and that he did not personally “sense executive command” from the President.

  • This whole Obama experiment is kind of like expecting a career .200 hitter to suddenly start hitting .325 with 30 hrs and 92 rbi. I suppose it’s possible if the player played every game like the one game last September when he went 4 for 5 with 1 hr and 4 rbi. Possible, but not bloody likely. The truth of the matter is that Obama was not even a good community organizer. People who spend too much time reading the sports pages missed this little fact.

  • Actually, if a player played every game like the one last September, he would be an .800 hitter with 162 hr and 648 rbi – but I think you catch my drift.

  • Even more about the poor performance Tuesday night. You know its bad when your own press supporters dis you:

  • It seems like there is finally some good news with the spill. The Houston Chronicle reports, U.S. ships were being outfitted earlier this month with four pairs of skimming booms airlifted from the Netherlands and should be deployed within days.” Could this be the turning point? For all those feeling pretty gloomy about this situation, I recommend a good laugh… Here’s a funny joke,