A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Unraveling Our Personal History

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 6, 2019 | No Comments

While the Blessed Virgin Mary has a very visible role to play in the season of Advent, she is less prominent in Lent. She acts behind the scenes, so to speak, accompanying us on our penitential journey, leading us to the apex of the season, which is the Hill of Calvary, where she stands interceding for us with her divine…

Healer of Sin and Division

By Peter Darcy | On Jan 22, 2019 | No Comments

The Blessed Virgin Mary, known in her litany as Queen of Peace, Mother of Mercy, Comfort of the Afflicted, among other titles, looks down upon the whole world from Heaven and sees the tremendous suffering and divisions of the human race. She is not indifferent to them but, through the power of Christ, helps to heal them and undo the…

The Guadalupe Reconciliation

By Peter Darcy | On Dec 12, 2018 | No Comments

In 1531 the Virgin Mary appeared a number of times to a simple Indian at the center of the New World and evangelized a continent. Her maternal love overcame the deep cultural divisions of two hostile nations that could not find reconciliation through their own efforts. The first bishop of the New World, Franciscan Juan Zumárraga, arrived at the port…

Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

By Peter Darcy | On May 10, 2018 | No Comments

For many years I struggled to understand the “vessel” images applied to the Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto. In the Litany she is described variously as a “spiritual vessel,” a “vessel of honor,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II finally solved the problem I…

Beauty and Goodness

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 25, 2016 | No Comments

When I was no longer of this world, I would miss its extravagant beauty. I would miss the complex and charming layers of subterfuge by which the truth of the world’s mysteries were withheld from us even as we were tantalized and enchanted by them. I would miss the kindness of good people who were compassionate when so many were…

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Description of an Arcade

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 22, 2016 | No Comments

The machines beeped, rang, tolled, chimed, bleated, tweedled, whistled, rattattooed, boomed, shrieked, squealed, ululated, roared like gunning engines, emitted scraps of bombastic music, the screams of virtual victims, twinkled, flashed, strobed, and scintillated in all known colors, and swallowed quarters, dollars, more voraciously even than the iconic Pac Man had once gobbled cookies off a million arcade screens in an…

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Description of a Baby

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 20, 2016 | No Comments

“His eyes are so beautiful,” said the nurse who passed him into his mother’s arms. The boy was beautiful in every regard, his face smoother than that of most newborns, as if he had come into the world with a sense of peace about the life ahead of him in this turbulent place; and perhaps he had arrived with unusual…

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Expectations

By Peter Darcy | On May 29, 2016 | No Comments

I did not define life expectancy by the length of life, however, but by the quality of it, by what I expect from it and by how well my expectations are met. What I have learned…is that the more you expect from life, the more your expectations will be fulfilled. By laughing, you do not use up your laughter, but increase your…

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Grief

By Peter Darcy | On May 13, 2016 | No Comments

Grief can destroy you – or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death…. Or you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love…

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