Pope Benedict XVI on Power and Possessions

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 6, 2017 | No Comments

“As long as power and wealth are seen as ends in themselves, then power is always power to be used against others and possessions will always exclude others. The mystery of the greatness of God is that he can be small. He doesn’t always have to take the highest place or the box seats. God tries in his way to…

The “Imitation of Christ” on Suffering

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 21, 2016 | No Comments

Behold, in the cross is everything, and upon your dying on the cross everything depends. There is no other way to life and to true inward peace than the way of the holy cross and daily mortification. Go where you will, seek what you will, you will not find a higher way, nor a less exalted but safer way, than…

The “Imitation of Christ” on Spiritual Communion

By Peter Darcy | On May 12, 2016 | No Comments

Any devout person may at any hour on any day receive Christ in spiritual communion profitably and without hindrance. Yet on certain days and times appointed he ought to receive with affectionate reverence the Body of his Redeemer in this Sacrament, seeking the praise and honor of God rather than his own consolation. For as often as he devoutly calls…

The “Imitation of Christ” on Self-Mastery

By Peter Darcy | On May 10, 2016 | No Comments

A man must fight long and bravely against himself before he learns to master himself fully and to direct all his affections toward God. When he trusts in himself, he easily takes to human consolation. The true lover of Christ, however, who sincerely pursues virtue, does not fall back upon consolations nor seek such pleasures of sense, but prefers severe…

The “Imitation of Christ” on the Royal Road of the Cross 2

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

To many the saying, “Deny thyself, take up thy cross and follow Me,” seems hard, but it will be much harder to hear that final word: “Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire.” Those who hear the word of the cross and follow it willingly now, need not fear that they will hear of eternal damnation on the Day…

The “Imitation of Christ” on the Royal Road of the Cross 1

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 28, 2016 | No Comments

  Jesus always has many who love His heavenly kingdom, but few who bear His cross. He has many who desire consolation, but few who care for trial. He finds many to share His table, but few to take part in His fasting. All desire to be happy with Him; few wish to suffer anything for Him. Many follow Him…

The “Imitation of Christ” on Jesus

By Peter Darcy | On Nov 16, 2015 | No Comments

Let it be granted to me to find You alone, O Christ, to open to You my whole heart, to enjoy You as my soul desires, to be disturbed by no one, to be moved and troubled by no creature, that You may speak to me and I to You alone, as a lover speaks to his loved one, and…

The “Imitation of Christ” on the Interior Man

By Peter Darcy | On Nov 11, 2015 | No Comments

A man who is a lover of Jesus and of truth, a truly interior man is free from uncontrolled affections, can turn to God at will and rise above himself to enjoy spiritual peace. He who tastes life as it really is, not as men say or think it is, is indeed wise with the wisdom of God rather than…

The “Imitation of Christ” on Happiness

By Peter Darcy | On Oct 9, 2015 | No Comments

Even if you possessed all created things you could not be happy and blessed: for in God, Who created all these things, your whole blessedness and happiness consists – not indeed such happiness as is seen and praised by lovers of the world, but such as that for which the good and faithful servants of Christ wait, and of which…

The “Imitation of Christ” on the Eucharist

By Peter Darcy | On Aug 28, 2015 | No Comments

Oh the blindness and the hardness of the heart of man that does not show more regard for so wonderful a gift [the Eucharist], but rather falls into carelessness from its daily use! If this most holy Sacrament were celebrated in only one place and consecrated by only one priest in the whole world, with what great desire, do you…

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