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.

The Suicide Catcher of Nanjing

2021-02-21T04:50:00+00:00February 21st, 2021|Blog, Generosity, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

“The prosperity of a nation is everyone’s responsibility.” ~Chinese proverb Those who have received the email newsletter of the same title are already familiar with the story of Mr. Chen. Those who have not read the newsletter can access the file in the Email Newsletter Archives of this site. If you’d like to read [...]

The Extraordinary Heroism of a Chinese Mother

2021-02-15T04:23:21+00:00February 14th, 2021|GOODNESS, Heroism, Marriage & Family|

If you were to consult a dictionary for terms like “heroism”, “perseverance”, “loving fidelity” and “longsuffering goodness”, you would likely come across a reference to a little Chinese mother known as Mamma Martina (her Christian name). A retired Italian missionary, who personally knew Mamma Martina, worked in a parish I used to visit some [...]

The Clothes Make the Man

2021-01-21T16:29:33+00:00January 21st, 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 [...]

A Father’s Love Remains to the End

2021-01-23T16:05:33+00:00January 17th, 2021|Inspiration, Marriage & Family, VIDEO|

The first recorded piece of human art is believed to be a tiny, 30,000-year-old sculpture of a goddess found in Australia (called the Venus of Willendorf). The extraordinary Lascaux caves in southern France give us a record of Stone Age man (15,000 years ago) telling of his hunting exploits in remarkable cave drawings. From [...]

Who Taught Leonardo to Paint?

2021-01-09T14:46:19+00:00January 9th, 2021|Art & Architecture, BEAUTY|

His name was Verrocchio (sounds like Pinocchio). That’s the short answer to our title question. Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1488) was a Florentine master of arts and the tutor to the young Leonardo da Vinci. The longer description of Verrocchio is quite engaging. He was a man who had an enormous influence on the world [...]

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