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

Free Will

By Peter Darcy | On May 13, 2016 | No Comments

Conversation between Odd Thomas and 86-year-old Edie Fischer, concerning the value of human action to fight evil: “Tell me straight now. Do you know what going to happen tonight?” “No, Oddie. For all you may think differently. I’m only human. Annamaria’s human, too, though she’s more than that, as you no doubt suspect. But human nonetheless. We don’t know. Whatever…

In: Good-Evil

Grief

By Peter Darcy | On May 13, 2016 | No Comments

Grief can destroy you – or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death…. Or you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love…

In: Beauty

The “Imitation of Christ” on Spiritual Communion

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

Any devout person may at any hour on any day receive Christ in spiritual communion profitably and without hindrance. Yet on certain days and times appointed he ought to receive with affectionate reverence the Body of his Redeemer in this Sacrament, seeking the praise and honor of God rather than his own consolation. For as often as he devoutly calls…

The “Imitation of Christ” on Self-Mastery

By Peter Darcy | On May 10, 2016 | No Comments

A man must fight long and bravely against himself before he learns to master himself fully and to direct all his affections toward God. When he trusts in himself, he easily takes to human consolation. The true lover of Christ, however, who sincerely pursues virtue, does not fall back upon consolations nor seek such pleasures of sense, but prefers severe…

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…

In: Truth

Hope

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

Even in the darkest moments, light exists if you have the faith to see it. Fear is a poison produced by the mind, and courage is the antidote stored always ready in the soul. In misfortune lies the seed of future triumph. They have no hope who have no belief in the intelligent design of all things, but those who…

In: Beauty

Jesus, Master of the Apostles

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

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR For you, Eternal Shepherd, do not desert your flock, but through the blessed Apostles  watch over it and protect it always, so that it may be governed by those you have appointed shepherds to lead it in the name of your Son. (Preface I of the Apostles, Roman Missal, 2011.) I spoke in another article about…

Comforter of the Afflicted

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

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary; call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips; never suffer it to leave your heart…while she holds your hand, you cannot fail. ~St. Bernard of Clairvaux, (1090-1153) Of all the blessings that a mother is for her children, clearly, the task of comforting them…

In: Our Lady

Planned Dahmerhood

By Peter Darcy | On May 4, 2016 | No Comments

By Thomas McKenna The nation reeled in revulsion with the 1991 revelations about the thirteen-year killing rampage of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. Dahmer’s blatant evil assaulted the public’s imagination through a series of grisly images and graphic descriptions that came to light showing the extent of his crimes. That barbaric animal drilled…

In: Culture