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

Evil is Dull and Repetitive

By Peter Darcy | On May 9, 2016 | No Comments

The devil and his demons are dull and predictable because of their single-minded rebellion against truth. Crime itself – as opposed to the solving of it – is boring to the complex mind, though endlessly fascinating to the simpleminded. One film about Hannibal Lecter is riveting, but a second is inevitably stupefying. We love a series hero, but a series…

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The Existence of the Soul

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

I wonder sometimes why those who theorize about the human mind can so easily believe in the existence of things they cannot see or measure, or in any meaningful way confirm as real – such as the id, the ego, the unconscious I – but nevertheless dismiss as superstitious those who believe the body has a soul. [Dean Koontz, Odd Apocalypse (Bantam…

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Failure and Triumph

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 21, 2016 | No Comments

As I watch him…I can too easily imagine how his feathery hope is being crushed beneath a weight of unearned shame. His failure to defeat something more powerful than himself, and the scar that reminds him of his failure, is no reason for shame; guilt is deserved only when the effort to resist evil is never made. Yet the human…

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Fear and Faith

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 11, 2016 | No Comments

The chlorine-like smell of ozone intensified to such an extent that I worried it might tease a sneeze from me. Without faith to act as a governor, the human mind is a runaway worry generator, a dynamo of negative expectations. And because your life is yours to shape as you wish with free will, if you entertain too much anxiety…

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Hard Work

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 8, 2016 | No Comments

Our faith tells us that when the last hours comes, the best places to be taken are while in prayer or while engaged in work to which we committed ourselves in cheerful acceptance of the truth that work is the lot of humanity, post Eden. If done with diligence and integrity, work is obedience to divine order, a form of…

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Humility in the Face of Mystery

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

Maybe it’s our free will misdirected or just a shameful pride, but we live our lives with the conviction that we stand at the center of the drama. Moments rarely come that put us outside ourselves, that divorce us from our egos and force us to see the larger picture, to recognize that the drama is in fact a tapestry…

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Justice and Truth

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

The wisdom of the most sagacious ancient Greeks, the wisdom of the most perceptive rabbis of ancient Canaan, and all the parables of Christ teach us to believe not in justice, but in truth. In a world of rampant lying, where so many lies are used to inflame passions and justify false grievances, the indiscriminate pursuit of justice leads sooner…

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The Mystery of Life

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 19, 2016 | No Comments

Also I wrote this [book] to explain life to myself. The mystery. The humor, dark and light, that is the warp and weft of the weave. The absurdity. The terror. The hope. The joy, the grief. The God we never see except by indirection. [Dean Koontz, Life Expectancy (Bantam Books: New York, New York, 2012), p. 439.]

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Unhealthy Fear

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 12, 2016 | No Comments

[Spoken by the fictional Alfred Hitchcock:] “As an adult, I loved to drive, to be behind the wheel with open road ahead. But I so dreaded being stopped by a traffic cop – dreaded it like death, Mr. Thomas – that I hardly ever drove. I left all the driving to Alma or hired drivers even before I could afford…

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

Anyway, knowledge isn’t wisdom, and we aren’t just to stuff ourselves with facts and figures. We are given this life so we might earn the next; the gift is a chance to grow in spirit, and knowledge is one of the many nutrients that facilitate our growth. [Dean Koontz, One Door Away From Heaven (Bantam Books: New York, NY, 2001), p. 321.]

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