Give me thy grace, good Lord, to know my own wretchedness, to humble myself under your mighty hand, to bewail my sins, to patiently suffer adversity, to gladly bear my purgatory here, to be joyful in tribulations, to walk the narrow way that leads to you, to foresee and consider always the everlasting fire of hell and to pray for pardon before the judge cometh.
~St. Thomas More

Associating with Evil

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

Associating with bad men, even for the purpose of defeating them, can make you vulnerable to the allure of evil. A sense of duty can be corrupted into self-righteousness, which can inspire a self-exemption from all laws, an embrace of power and the will to use it ruthlessly. Power is the central promise of evil, the dark light of that…

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Arrogance

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 15, 2016 | No Comments

Conversation between Odd Thomas and 86-year-old Edie Fischer, concerning their attempt to stop a terrorist act: I told her about the dream of the flood, about Malo Suerte Dam and the stolen thousand kilos of C-4. “But you see ma’am, I never know about my dreams. Sometimes they’re literal, other times only symbolic. If I have to live with this…

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Duty

By Peter Darcy | On May 18, 2016 | No Comments

Duty doesn’t need to call; it only needs to whisper. And if you heed the call, no matter what happens, you have no need for regret. Stormy Llewellyn, whom I loved and lost, believed that this strife-torn world is boot camp, preparation for the great adventure that comes between our first life and our eternal life. She said that we…

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Free Will

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

Conversation between Odd Thomas and 86-year-old Edie Fischer, concerning the value of human action to fight evil: “Tell me straight now. Do you know what going to happen tonight?” “No, Oddie. For all you may think differently. I’m only human. Annamaria’s human, too, though she’s more than that, as you no doubt suspect. But human nonetheless. We don’t know. Whatever…

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Grandmother Love

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

Describing 86-year-old Edie Fischer, who ran a secret organization of people who fought against the forces of Satanic evil: She had one of those faces—fine-boned and symmetrical—that not only weathered the years well but also pushed the GRANDMOTHER LOVE button deep in your psyche, so that you took seriously whatever she said and felt it to be wise. Her soft…

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Heroism

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

Jonah Kirk (Bledsoe) referring to Mr. Yoshioka who had been interred in an American concentration camp for Japanese during the Second World War: Back then, I had a narrow definition of heroism. My conclusion that Mr. Yoshioka lacked courage arose from ignorance, as later I would learn. After you have suffered great losses and known much pain, it is not…

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Legion

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 14, 2016 | No Comments

In this world, Evil works through countless surrogates. Its name is Legion. But Good works through surrogates, as well, and they are legion, too. [Dean Koontz, Saint Odd, Bantam Books: New York, NY, 2015, p. 325.]

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Love is Not the Whole Answer – There is also Hope

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

Reading the words on the T-shirt, remembering the man from whom Old Yeller had stolen a sandal along the interstate highway in Utah, Curtis says, “‘Love is the answer.’” “It’s true, I suppose,” Ms. Tavenall says, “even when it’s said by people who don’t mean it.” Rising from his chair, Curtis Hammond shakes his head. “No ma’am. If we’re talking…

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Not Full of Self

By Peter Darcy | On Jan 26, 2016 | No Comments

Charlene Coleman, maternity-ward nurse on the night that I was born and still on the job at fifty-nine, has not entirely lost her Mississippi accent after all these years in Colorado. She’s as sweet-faced now as she was then, and certainly as black. She has gained some weight, which she attributes to years of free pastries from my father. But…

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The Power of Kindness

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

Not one day in anyone’s life…is an uneventful day, no day is without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform…

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