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…

St. Joan of Arc on Remaining in a State of Grace

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 30, 2015 | No Comments

If I am not [in a state of grace] may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me. I should be the saddest creature in the world if I knew I were not in His grace.

The “Imitation of Christ” on Divine Mercy

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 26, 2015 | No Comments

You must often return to the source of grace and divine mercy, to the fountain of goodness and perfect purity, if you wish to be free from passion and vice, if you desire to be made stronger and more watchful against all the temptations and deceits of the devil.  The enemy, knowing the great good and the healing power of…

C.S. Lewis on Jesus

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 19, 2015 | No Comments

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man…

The “Imitation of Christ” on The Way, The Truth, The Life

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 12, 2015 | No Comments

Follow Me. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the Life, there is no living. I am the Way you must follow, the Truth which you must believe, the Life for which you must hope. I am the inviolable Way, the infallible Truth,…

St. John Chrysostom on The Cross

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 7, 2015 | No Comments

The cross is our trophy raised against the demons, our sword against sin and the sword Christ used to pierce the serpent. The Cross is the Father’s will, the glory of the only-begotten, the joy of the Spirit, the pride of the angels, the guarantee of the Church, Paul’s boast, the bulwark of the saints, and the light of the…

The “Imitation of Christ” on Diligence in Acquiring Virtue

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 2, 2015 | No Comments

Remember the purpose you have undertaken, and keep in mind the image of the Crucified.  Even though you may have walked for many years on the pathway to God, you may well be ashamed if, with the image of Christ before you, you do not try to make yourself still more like Him.  Always remember your end and do not…

The “Imitation of Christ” on Detachment

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 30, 2015 | No Comments

Never desire special praise or love, for that belongs to God alone Who has no equal. Never wish that anyone’s affection be centered in you, nor let yourself be taken up with the love of anyone, but let Jesus be in you and in every good man. Be pure and free within, unentangled with any creature. You must bring to…

Jean Pierre de Caussade on Purity of Heart

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 7, 2015 | No Comments

If we wish to enjoy an abundance of blessings, we have only one thing to do: purify our hearts by emptying them of all desire for created things and surrender ourselves wholly to God. By doing this we shall get all we want. Let others, Lord, ask you for all sorts of gifts. But I, my Lord, ask for one thing only:…

The “Imitation of Christ” on the Danger of Familiarity

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 10, 2015 | No Comments

Open not thine heart to every man, but deal with one who is wise and feareth God. Be seldom with the young and with strangers. Be not a flatterer of the rich; nor willingly seek the society of the great. Let thy company be the humble and the simple, the devout and the gentle, and let thy discourse be concerning…