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

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…

The Glorious “O” Antiphons

By Peter Darcy | On Dec 19, 2014 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy Despite the fact that we live in an era where the Christ Child is banished from the public square or reduced to a miserable competition with Kwaanza candles, red-nosed reindeer, abominable snowmen, the Grinch, and every obscene Santa Claus devised by the twisted minds of Hollywood or Madison Avenue, Christians have reason to hope that Christ can…

Surrounded by This Cloud of Witnesses

By Peter Darcy | On Nov 15, 2014 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy The month of November begins with a blaze of spiritual light: the Solemnity of All Saints. This feast day highlights the perpetual beauty of literally the most fascinating people in history: the men, women, and children that we call “saints”, a name which derives from the word “sanctified”, that is, purified. Everyone in the life to come…

The Three Flames of Divine Love

By Peter Darcy | On Sep 29, 2014 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy Every year on the 29th of September the Church commemorates the three angels whose names have been revealed to us in Scripture for our consolation: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. There is a fourth angel whose name is also revealed, Lucifer, but for a different reason: to warn us clearly about all his works and empty promises. When…

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