I charge you to keep God’s command without blame or reproach until our Lord Jesus Christ shall appear….He is the blessed and only ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light.
~1 Timothy 6:14-15

The Church’s First Novena

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 1, 2019 | No Comments

Ascension Thursday begins what we may call the Church’s first novena. It is the nine-day period between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday in which the disciples were locked in the Upper Room, united in prayer with Our Lady, and obedient to the Lord’s wishes: “to wait for ‘the promise of the Father’” (Acts 1:4). This novena is like a yearly…

Clerical Contraception – the Other Priestly Scandal

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 7, 2019 | 1 Comment

Among the many hard teachings of Christ that is deeply “offensive” to the dominant secular culture today is the Church’s age-old prohibition of the use of all forms of artificial contraception, which is a clearly-defined doctrine of the Church. How many people have left the Church or formally rejected the Church’s teaching on artificial contraception and still consider themselves good…

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…

Undoing the Final Knot of Death

By Peter Darcy | On Nov 2, 2018 | No Comments

As we enter the month of November, the Church reminds us of our duty to pray for souls who have departed this life, both those who are related to us and even those we never knew. Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots, is perfectly suited to assist us in dissolving the last and most difficult knot of death. Two Traditions…

Forgiveness is For Losers

By Peter Darcy | On Oct 2, 2018 | No Comments

Christian forgiveness is a revolution. By that I mean it does what revolutions always do: it overthrows the ancien régime, the old, decaying order of the world. Forgiveness vanquishes the survival-of-the-fittest mentality that often characterizes our human relationships. It frees us from emotional slavery. Most importantly, it removes the devil’s death grip on our souls. Forgiveness is a revolution, yes,…

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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…

Life Hidden in Mystery

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 7, 2018 | No Comments

The Catholic religion is full of mystery — the mystery of God. This mystery is not a human puzzle that a Sherlock Holmes can “solve” by the force of brilliant deductions. Nor is it the type of enigma that can be understood only by an intellectual elite. The ancient world was full of “mystery religions” of that type. But the Church…

Five Infallible Ways to Keep the Devil at Bay

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 6, 2018 | No Comments

A pronounced feature of the countryside surrounding the beautiful city of Cali, Columbia is a set of three crosses perched atop the mountains to the east. But no one can recall who put them up there, or when. The locals call them simply “Las Tres Cruces” (the Three Crosses). They believe, somewhat superstitiously, that the crosses above the city help…

The Blasphemy All Around Us

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

Casual swearing. Routine profanity. Mainstreamed irreverence. These curses of our age don’t seem to shock us like they used to. Ever since Rhett Butler first uttered the “D” word in Gone with the Wind in 1939, the entertainment industry has gone from bad to worse in its moral offensiveness. Every modern venue of entertainment, from comedy to movies to late-night…

Jesus, Sun of Justice

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 4, 2016 | No Comments

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8) You may notice the play on words in the English language which seems to enhance the meaning of this title of Jesus:…

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