"Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God, the angels, and the saints—they are your public."
~St. John Vianney (1786-1859)

The “Imitation of Christ” on the Danger of Familiarity

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 10, 2015 | No Comments

Open not thine heart to every man, but deal with one who is wise and feareth God. Be seldom with the young and with strangers. Be not a flatterer of the rich; nor willingly seek the society of the great. Let thy company be the humble and the simple, the devout and the gentle, and let thy discourse be concerning…

Last Words of St. Thomas Aquinas

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 3, 2015 | No Comments

If in this world there be any knowledge of this Sacrament stronger than faith, I wish now to use it in affirming that I firmly believe and know as certain that Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, Son of God and son of the Virgin Mary, is in this Sacrament. I receive thee the price of my redemption, for…

Misericordia: A Meditation on the Shroud of Turin

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 3, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy Face of misery, face of pain, Man of sorrows, loss, and strain. What comfort shall I offer You Whose life is torn and piercéd through? Hands of charity, hands of toil, Harsh nails Your works of goodness spoil. Where shall my weak hands learn the art Of generous love Your hands impart? Feet of pilgrim, feet of…

Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 3, 2015 | No Comments

By Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR The Church has always and everywhere held and continues to hold that the four Gospels are of apostolic origin. For what the Apostles preached in fulfillment of the commission of Christ, afterwards they themselves and apostolic men, under the inspiration of the divine Spirit, handed on to us in writing: the foundation of faith,…

Bear Bryant Prepare to Win

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 28, 2015 | No Comments

It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that.  It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. ~Coach Paul Bear Bryant, Alabama Crimson Tide Coach, 1958-1982.

Georges Bernanos on the Hatred of Satan

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 23, 2015 | No Comments

There is in man a secret, incomprehensible hatred, not only of his fellowmen, but of himself. We can give this mysterious feeling whatever origin or explanation we want, but we must give it one. As far as we Christians are concerned, we believe that this hatred reflects another hatred, a thousand times more profound and lucid: the hatred of the…

Don’t Waste Lent

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 11, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy Soon it will be Ash Wednesday – it’s hard to believe that Lent is here already! In order to derive the maximum spiritual benefit out of this season of preparation, we need a firm intention to live it fruitfully. But we also need to be smart about it. Here are a few tricks of the trade: First,…

Saved By an Angel

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 7, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy I was touched by an angel once, not in a literal sense, but in a way that made a lasting impression on my soul. It happened on the morning, almost two decades ago, that the back of my little Toyota truck was wracked by a gust of wind on a wet highway as I was driving to…

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Darth Vader and the Golden Rule

By Peter Darcy | On Jan 24, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy Thanks to the Star Wars phenomenon that swept the world in the seventies, Darth Vader is arguably the world’s most recognizable villain. He symbolizes everything we fear about scoundrels: he’s warped, he’s cruel, he speaks in a breathy, creepy bass voice, and he’s relentlessly evil. Not the kind of guy you want to meet in a dark…

Joseph the Fearless

By Peter Darcy | On Dec 23, 2014 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy St. Joseph is an integral part of the story of Advent, but let’s not be too facile about his calling to be the foster-father of Jesus Christ. Joseph’s obedience to the Angel’s message, his embrace of the truth of it, and his prompt action were extremely courageous elements of his role in the events that changed the…