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…

The Exorcistic Power of Latin in the Latin Church

By Peter Darcy | On Sep 2, 2018 | No Comments

A thousand causative factors have led to the present clerical abuse crisis in the Church. But I believe there is one contributing spiritual factor that holds a critical place in the rise of the clerical problem: the absence of Latin in the Latin Church. This spiritual factor is causative in a way that all spiritual causes operate: as a hidden…

The Virgin Mary and the Pro-Life Movement

By Peter Darcy | On Aug 5, 2018 | No Comments

The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary always reminds me of Pope John Paul II’s visit to World Youth Day in Denver in the summer of 1993. The culmination of the event was an outdoor Mass with 400,000 kids in Cherry Creek State Park. Because of the dry heat that day, it felt like we were having Mass in a…

Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 1, 2018 | No Comments

Ireland has always been known as a place of enchantment, particularly in its poetry, music, and dance. As if to remind us of this, the Emerald Isle itself is even shaped like a harp! But to adopt the metaphor of Don McLean’s classic song, American Pie, May 25 was “the day the music died” in Ireland. Figuratively speaking, Ireland is…

That You May Bear Much Fruit

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 1, 2018 | No Comments

Most everyone knows what it means to bear fruit in the natural sense of bringing children into the world, or in the financial sense of making an investment profitable. But what does it really mean to bear fruit for the Kingdom? During the Easter Season, the Church’s liturgy drew a great deal of wisdom from chapters 14-17 of the Gospel…

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…

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…

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