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

Arrogance

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 15, 2016 | No Comments

Conversation between Odd Thomas and 86-year-old Edie Fischer, concerning their attempt to stop a terrorist act: I told her about the dream of the flood, about Malo Suerte Dam and the stolen thousand kilos of C-4. “But you see ma’am, I never know about my dreams. Sometimes they’re literal, other times only symbolic. If I have to live with this…

In: Good-Evil

J.C. Penny on the Importance of Goals

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

Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.

Refuge of Sinners

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 7, 2016 | No Comments

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who had fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought they intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee O Virgin of virgins our Mother; to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful….

In: Our Lady

Do Angels Have Wings?

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 6, 2016 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy Despite the common perception of angels as winged beings, there are no guardian angels or even archangels in Scripture that are directly described as having wings. They may well have some spiritual version of wings, but we are not told that they do. As a matter of fact, none of the seven “lower” orders of angels are…

In: Angels

Jesus, Purity of Virgins

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

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR I am already the spouse of a Lover much more noble and powerful than you. He is a Prince whose bride keeps, as the most glorious of crowns, a spotless virginity. To this Lover, I have vowed my fidelity. (From Acts of the Martyrs, the words of St. Agnes as she refused the offer of marriage…

Courage to be Happy

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 3, 2016 | No Comments

Young Sparkle in her rubber-soled shoes, on the wet deck of the widow’s walk, orphaned now and traumatized, standing motionless in a state of shock, understood instantly that this world was a dark place and hard, that life was best for those who refused to be broken by it, that being happy required the strength and courage to refuse to…

In: Truth

Muhammad Ali on Not Quitting

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

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

Robert Frost on Taking the Road Less Travelled

By Peter Darcy | On May 30, 2016 | No Comments

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

Expectations

By Peter Darcy | On May 29, 2016 | No Comments

I did not define life expectancy by the length of life, however, but by the quality of it, by what I expect from it and by how well my expectations are met. What I have learned…is that the more you expect from life, the more your expectations will be fulfilled. By laughing, you do not use up your laughter, but increase your…

In: Beauty

Living a Double Life

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

When you keep a secret from those closest to you, even with the best of motives, there is a danger that you will create a smaller life within your main life. The first secret will spin off other secrets that also must be kept, complicated webs of evasion that grow into elaborate architectures of repressed truths and subterfuge, until you…

In: Truth