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

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:…

Jesus, Purity of Virgins

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

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR I am already the spouse of a Lover much more noble and powerful than you. He is a Prince whose bride keeps, as the most glorious of crowns, a spotless virginity. To this Lover, I have vowed my fidelity. (From Acts of the Martyrs, the words of St. Agnes as she refused the offer of marriage…

Jesus, Master of the Apostles

By Peter Darcy | On May 5, 2016 | No Comments

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR For you, Eternal Shepherd, do not desert your flock, but through the blessed Apostles  watch over it and protect it always, so that it may be governed by those you have appointed shepherds to lead it in the name of your Son. (Preface I of the Apostles, Roman Missal, 2011.) I spoke in another article about…

Jesus, Light of Confessors

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 2, 2016 | No Comments

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR We are the soldiers of peace, we are the army of the peacemakers, fighting for God and peace, Deo et paci militantibus. Persuasion, good example, loyalty to God are the only arms worthy of the children of the Gospel. (Sermon of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) preaching in defense of the Jews.) Now without a…

Jesus, King of Patriarchs

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 3, 2016 | No Comments

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR Matthan [became] the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah. Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah, fourteen generations. (Mt…

Jesus, Most Obedient

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 5, 2016 | No Comments

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR Though he was in the form of God, [Jesus] did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave…he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above…

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