Peter Darcy

About Peter Darcy

Peter Darcy is an award-winning writer and editor who spent thirty years in the non-profit sector and other business enterprises. He manages a non-profit publishing business called Strength of Soul Books and currently works as a managing editor for CatholicStand.com. He has authored or ghostwritten seven books.

Human Suffering and Places In the Heart

2021-06-12T20:05:20+00:00June 12th, 2021|Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

[This article follows from the email newsletter of June 13, 2021, “An Astonishing Eucharistic Scene in a Secular Movie”.] The 1984 movie, Places in the Heart is one of the most moving tales of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity in modern film. Sally Field fittingly won the Academy Award for Best [...]

The Sweetest Hymn for the Sweetest Gift

2021-06-06T02:57:41+00:00June 6th, 2021|Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

If you page through a traditional Catholic hymnbook you will eventually come across the name of Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) in the composer credits at the bottom of a given hymn. That would be Father Frederick Faber, English Catholic priest, convert to Catholicism, and composer of hymns extraordinaires. Fr. Faber made some of the [...]

The Clothes Make the Man

2021-05-16T15:14:52+00:00May 16th, 2021|Church & Sacraments, Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

A few years ago I had the privilege of standing in the sacristy of a Ukrainian church watching a priest friend of mine prepare for Mass. The wonderful liturgies of the Church’s eastern rites (the Byzantine, Maronite, Ukrainian and others) express a richness and complexity of worship that contrasts with the simplicity of the [...]

John Rutter’s Glorious Psalm 23 – Part 2: The Sheep

2021-05-02T16:26:24+00:00May 2nd, 2021|BEAUTY, God & Jesus Christ, Music & Performance, VIDEO|

The Sheep English choirmaster, John Rutter, established the Cambridge Singers in the early 1980s for the purpose of producing musical recordings. They have been amazingly prolific with nearly forty albums in their vast repertoire. In The Lord is My Shepherd we hear a mixed choir of men’s and women’s voices intertwining effortlessly with the [...]

John Rutter’s Glorious Psalm 23 – Part 1: The Shepherd

2021-04-26T02:01:26+00:00April 25th, 2021|BEAUTY, God & Jesus Christ, Music & Performance, VIDEO|

The Shepherd English composer, choirmaster and conductor, John Rutter, sets the most famous of all psalms (Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd”) to music in an exquisite piece of art that incorporates voice, orchestra and vivid musical imagery. This commentary is the first of two on Rutter's piece. Part 1 focuses on the [...]

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