To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large startling figures.
~Flannery O’Connor.

Jezebel Has Thrown Down the Gauntlet

By Peter Darcy | On Sep 19, 2018 | No Comments

The story of the wicked Queen Jezebel in the Bible (1 Kings 21) may be instructive for understanding the most recent obscenity of our political theatre, the atrocious rape accusation against Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The only difference between the two accounts is that the biblical story features the evil of a single wicked woman; today we are surrounded…

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…

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…

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…

Hollywood and the Beasts of Revelation

By Peter Darcy | On Nov 17, 2017 | No Comments

Hollywood has dished up some horrific monsters in the past hundred years. You can name them as easily as I can: Godzilla, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Alien, Frankenstein, Harvey Weinstein, etc. All but the latter were creations of someone’s fertile imagination. Hollywood’s fictitious monsters may be occasions of entertainment or catharsis for us, but their movies eventually end…

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The Banality of Bad People

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 2, 2016 | No Comments

[Vanadium said,] “The problem with movies and books is they make evil look glamourous and exciting, when it’s no such thing. It’s boring and it’s depressing and it’s stupid. Criminals are all after cheap thrills and easy money, and when they get them, all they want is more of the same, over and over. They’re shallow, empty, boring people who…

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Big-T Truth

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

One of the best things about growing up is that, if you can learn from experience, you come to the realization that two things matter more than anything else, truth with a lowercase t and truth with an uppercase T. You have to tell the truth, demand the truth from others, recognize lies and refute them; you’ve got to see the world as…

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Character

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

Over the years, we have learned that the most important quality anyone can possess is character. If a person has true character – which always includes a sense of honor and duty, as well as a tough set of personal standards – he will not fail you. Experience matters, but an experienced homebuilder without character is forever a trapdoor under…

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Courage to be Happy

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

Young Sparkle in her rubber-soled shoes, on the wet deck of the widow’s walk, orphaned now and traumatized, standing motionless in a state of shock, understood instantly that this world was a dark place and hard, that life was best for those who refused to be broken by it, that being happy required the strength and courage to refuse to…

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Living a Double Life

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

When you keep a secret from those closest to you, even with the best of motives, there is a danger that you will create a smaller life within your main life. The first secret will spin off other secrets that also must be kept, complicated webs of evasion that grow into elaborate architectures of repressed truths and subterfuge, until you…

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