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.

An Old Hymn Given New Beauty

2020-11-26T00:45:18+00:00November 11th, 2020|BEAUTY, God & Jesus Christ, Inspiration, VIDEO|

I’m sure that the 19th century English hymn writer, Frances Havergal, never imagined her unassuming hymn, “Take My Life and Let It Be” (1874), would be brought out of its obscurity and made into an enchanting devotional piece nearly 150 years after she wrote it. The poetry is simple, and the traditional hymn tune [...]

Who Taught Leonardo to Paint?

2020-11-24T18:32:40+00:00November 10th, 2020|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 [...]

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever

2020-11-26T00:48:46+00:00October 21st, 2020|BEAUTY, Natural World, VIDEO|

The famous Irish Poet John Keats (1795-1821) began his famous epic poem, Endymion, with the words of our title, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." That observation certainly applies to the peacock featured in the video below, which needs no elaboration. Thanks to Sahar Saeed who originally posted this video on LinkedIn. [...]

The Clothes Make the Man

2020-11-26T00:50:57+00:00October 12th, 2020|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 [...]

The Incomparable Codex Vaticanus

2020-11-24T18:35:35+00:00September 15th, 2020|Church & Sacraments, Scripture, TRUTH|

If you were to ask a “bible only” preacher if he owns a hand-written copy of the bible in Greek dating back to the fourth century AD, he may be quite confused. A bible…uh…in Greek? Even sincere “bible only” believers may never have thought about where the bible actually came from. Your question may [...]

Top Secret Drum Corps: Swiss Precision at its Finest

2020-11-26T00:51:11+00:00May 25th, 2020|BEAUTY, Inspiration, Music & Performance, VIDEO|

Switzerland is like a hidden jewel in the middle of Europe, a mountainous land with a highly secretive banking system and a tradition of remaining neutral during wars. The Swiss culture has given the world exquisite chocolates, precision watches, cuckoo clocks, the Swiss Army knife, and even the modern marvel of Velcro! What an [...]

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