I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
~Vincent van Gogh

An Election Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary

By Peter Darcy | On Nov 4, 2018 | No Comments

Many of us remember the total chaos that erupted after the contested Bush-Gore election in November of 2000.   Our country was gripped by what can only be called a profound spirit of division that has imprinted itself upon our national politics ever since. Armies of lawyers descended on Palm Beach County government offices to count “hanging chad” ballots and fight…

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…

A Mystical Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

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

There are so many reasons to love Catholicism that I am faced with the proverbial embarrassment of riches when I speak of Catholicism’s beauty. Yet, there is one reason that overwhelms them all and binds them all together: her mystical character. The word “mystical,” in relation to Christ and His Church, means that the Spirit of Christ enlivens the whole…

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…

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…

Advent Lessons From an Old Testament Priest

By Peter Darcy | On Dec 8, 2017 | No Comments

The Scriptures in Advent present us with a number of excellent role models of faith, but the father of John the Baptist is not one of them. Zechariah, a priest of the Law of Moses, serves rather as a negative example, at least at the beginning of his intriguing story. The account of how he came to deeply embrace the…

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A Dozen Simons, One Peter

By Peter Darcy | On Oct 30, 2017 | No Comments

Some years ago I walked into a Christian bookstore and a fascinating poster caught my eye. From a distance, it looked like an image of the holy face of Jesus, but as I drew closer I could see that the face was actually a composite of tiny faces that made up the contours and complexion of the whole. The image…

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Angels – Mysterious Guardians of Body and Soul

By Peter Darcy | On Oct 7, 2017 | No Comments

Angels may have different meanings to different people, but I can assure you that they are not little chubby babies with wings. Neither are they lifeless doctrines or pious maternal presence that keep little children from falling off rickety bridges into running water. Angels are much more vital than that, and, quite frankly, I do not know how we would…

The Man Who Stepped Out of Line

By Peter Darcy | On Aug 14, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy In this post-feminist age where men are still learning remedial masculinity, we have a model of heroic manhood which we would do well to emulate. In the early twentieth century Poland gave us that manly priest, John Paul II, but also his hero, Maximilian Kolbe, priest, missionary, spiritual father and martyr of brotherly love. St. Maximilian’s feast…

The Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart – One Heart at a Time

By Peter Darcy | On May 13, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy People sometimes ask me what they can do to counter the negative effects of our decadent society. My answer is always the same two things: be truly Catholic and be Marian. This is the formula for transforming our world, and when these commitments are fully in place, everything else follows. There are many ways to be a…

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