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

Hot Off the Press!

By Peter Darcy | On Aug 30, 2019 | No Comments

Mister Buddy’s Guide to Non-Profit Leadership: Principles for Success in a Charitable World By Peter Darcy “Over a 40 year career in business I read, and was formed by, some of the Masters: Drucker, Peters, Porter, Collins, Lencioni et al. Never, however, have I read a book that better integrated leadership principals, business imperatives, cultural observation, Christian spirituality, and missionary…

Clerical Contraception – the Other Priestly Scandal

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 7, 2019 | 1 Comment

Among the many hard teachings of Christ that is deeply “offensive” to the dominant secular culture today is the Church’s age-old prohibition of the use of all forms of artificial contraception, which is a clearly-defined doctrine of the Church. How many people have left the Church or formally rejected the Church’s teaching on artificial contraception and still consider themselves good…

I Feel Sorry for Small Families

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 5, 2019 | No Comments

Doing errands the other day, I pulled up at a red light behind an expensive SUV with a rear window sticker proudly displaying cartoon figures of the driver’s family. You know the kind – a line-up of white stick figures: mom, dad, kids, dogs, cats, soccer balls, baseball bats, kites, etc. against a black tinted window. At first I could…

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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