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Author Archive for Msgr. Charles Pope

See What the End Shall Be – A Palm Sunday Reflection

The Passion which we read in today’s liturgy is too long to comment on in detail. We are only able to take a portion and examine it. The usual villains such as the Temple leaders, Judas, and the recruited crowd, which shouted “Crucify him!” are fairly obvious in displaying their sinfulness and are unambiguously wicked. […] Read the rest of this entry »

Why Wasn’t the Resurrection More Like This?

I have often jested that Heaven has a poor marketing department. Jesus’ saving actions were “publicity poor” and many of the most important events, like His birth and Resurrection, were almost completely hidden. If I were God (and aren’t you glad I’m not!) I would ride down on a lightning bolt while the whole world […] Read the rest of this entry »

On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest”

Some of us who are older remember that Sundays were once quiet in downtown; in shopping areas, parking lots were empty. Most businesses were closed and few people had to work on Sundays. Surely there were exceptions, such as medical personnel, emergency workers, and those who ran essential services like power plants. But for most, […] Read the rest of this entry »

Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today?

We often speak today of the terrible toll that fatherless homes have on young boys. And this is true. Without a reasonably good (even though not sinless) model of manhood and responsibility, many boys lose their way. Fathers also play a large role in disciplining boys, especially as they grow older and become  stronger than […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

In preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives)  by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a very brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner. I must say […] Read the rest of this entry »

Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation

This is part two of an article on temptation. See yesterday’s post for part one. How can we overcome temptation? Remote Battles are Essential! When people ask about overcoming temptation they most often have in mind what to do “in the moment” of temptation. But if we focus merely on the moment of temptation we […] Read the rest of this entry »

What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources?

I will be on the Catholic Answers radio show today (Monday, March 23) at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. The topic will be temptation, what it is and how to avoid and overcome it.  I’ve assembled some notes in preparation and I’ll present them (in two parts) in the blog. Today’s post focuses on what temptation is, why God allows it, and […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Cross Always Wins – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

The Gospel today is, to the world and those who are perishing, utter madness, utter foolishness. For Christ, in effect, declares that dying (to this world) is the only way to true life. While the world’s so-called wisdom declares to us that the way to life is power, prestige, possessions, and popularity, Jesus says we […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Last Man Standing – A Portrait of the Manipulative Power of Fear

“Earlier this week I posted on fear: the danger of fearing the wrong things, and of being manipulated by the fear-mongers who peddle those wrongful fears. (You can read that post HERE.)  Often this means that we do not fear what we really should since we are so distracted by lesser or even false fears. In this video, […] Read the rest of this entry »

What Is Serenity and How Can We Grow in It?

During Lent, a gift to seek is greater serenity. The word comes from the Latin serenus, meaning clear or unclouded (skies). By extension it thus means calm, without storm. Serenity has become more used in modern times with the advent of many 12-Step programs, which use the Serenity Prayer as an important help to their work. […] Read the rest of this entry »

Purity of Heart is Needed to See God

I have mentioned here before that my mentor and teacher, Fr. Francis Martin, once asked, “Do you know what is the biggest obstacle for us in understanding the Word of God?” I was expecting him to answer his own question by saying something like, “We don’t know enough Greek,” or “We haven’t studied the historical critical method carefully […] Read the rest of this entry »

Concerns about Cremation: Some Very Strange Practices Are Emerging

Some years ago, the Church gave wider permission for cremation and also lifted traditional restrictions on having cremated remains present in the church for funeral Masses. All of this is pastorally understandable. Very few if any people these days choose cremation for the reasons it had traditionally been forbidden, namely as a denial of the resurrection of the body. Generally […] Read the rest of this entry »