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Author Archive: Msgr. Charles Pope

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What Our Church Buildings Say About Us

October 15, 2018 2 Comments
What Our Church Buildings Say About Us

The week in the Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours we are reading from the books of Haggai and Zechariah. Both these prophets wrote at the time of the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile, which had begun in 587 B.C. The Jewish people were permitted to return to the […]

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Forsaking Everything and Receiving More Besides

October 14, 2018 1 Comment
Forsaking Everything and Receiving More Besides

In the Gospel for Sunday’s Mass, we read this funny story about Peter that speaks to the paradox of losing one’s life only to find it more abundantly: Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has […]

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What Does Heaven Cost? A Homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year

October 13, 2018 8 Comments
What Does Heaven Cost? A Homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year

The Sunday Gospel invites us to wrestle with these fundamental, essential, focal questions: “What does Heaven cost?” and “Am I willing to pay it?” I. Problematic Pondering – A rich man asks Jesus, Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Though his question is a good one, it is problematic because he couches it […]

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Go with God, Cardinal Wuerl

October 12, 2018 28 Comments
Go with God, Cardinal Wuerl

On this significant day for the Archdiocese of Washington and the universal Church, I want you to know that I receive the news of the Holy Father’s acceptance of Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s resignation with mixed feelings. I hope you will understand that he has been a spiritual Father to me since 2006 when he came […]

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What Conscience Dreads and Prayer Dares Not Ask

October 11, 2018 4 Comments
What Conscience Dreads and Prayer Dares Not Ask

The Collect (Opening Prayer) for this week’s Masses (27th Week of the Year), though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things with which we are comfortable. It sometimes leads us to examine areas of our life in which we struggle with sin or we struggle to desire to be […]

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Why St. Paul Called Some Disciples Stupid

October 10, 2018 1 Comment
Why St. Paul Called Some Disciples Stupid

The first reading for Thursday’s Mass (27th week of the year) contains St. Paul’s provocative assessment that some of us are stupid. The Greek word used is ἀνόητος (anóētos), which comes from a (without) + noiéō, (to think). Therefore, this refers to not thinking, not reasoning through a matter, being unmindful, or acting in a mindless, […]

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St. Paul on Respect for Authority

October 9, 2018 1 Comment
St. Paul on Respect for Authority

In daily Mass we have been reading from second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. In it, St. Paul recounts his personal history and describes his authority. St. Paul’s story is interesting for three reasons: It shows that St. Paul did not ascend to the office of apostle (bishop) overly quickly but rather was […]

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False Teachers – What is a Catholic to Do?

October 8, 2018 14 Comments
False Teachers – What is a Catholic to Do?

In the first reading at daily Mass for Monday of the 27th Week, St. Paul warns of perhaps the most damaging evil facing the Church: dissension from within. I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by the grace of Christ for a different gospel (not that there is […]

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