The Ash Wednesday Idiot

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

By Peter Darcy On Ash Wednesday, the pastor of a large parish was getting set to begin the Mass which would include the distribution of ashes to his parishioners. The only problem was that his associate was away and none of the ministers who were commissioned to distribute ashes had shown up. As the people gathered and filled the church…

Five Antidotes for Presumption

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 14, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy One of the most withering indictments our Lord meted out to the religious leaders of His day was a simple phrase that dismantled their exalted self-image. When presented with a legalistic challenge concerning the hypothetical case of a woman who had married seven husbands, He took those perversely proud men down a peg by telling them that…

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,…