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Author Archive: Msgr. Charles Pope

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Be Angry But Sin Not – As Seen in a Commercial

October 20, 2017 2 Comments
Be Angry But Sin Not – As Seen in a Commercial

One of the most basic human passions is anger. Not all anger is sinful, however. One way different types of anger can be distinguished is by their object. If the object of the anger is appropriate (e.g., injustice), then anger is an appropriate response. In the case of reacting to injustice, anger is like an […]

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The Journey of Abraham – Hope for the Rest of Us!

October 19, 2017 3 Comments
The Journey of Abraham – Hope for the Rest of Us!

In the reading at daily Mass for Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time, St. Paul speaks of Abraham’s faith. Abraham did come to strong faith, but it took time! One of the beautiful things about the Bible is that it does not present epic figures who never fell. Rather, it presents us with […]

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The Word of God

October 18, 2017 4 Comments
The Word of God

We continue to read from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. In today’s reading, we learn that we are justified by faith apart from the Law. The debates about faith and works are often the result of varied interpretations of today’s text. One of the sources of confusion is a failure to […]

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Romans 1 – Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

October 17, 2017 16 Comments
Romans 1 – Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

We continue to read from the Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. An inspired text, it traces out not only the current time, but also the trajectory, the end […]

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St. Paul Was Not Ashamed of the Gospel — Are We?

October 16, 2017 1 Comment
St. Paul Was Not Ashamed of the Gospel — Are We?

St. Paul writes this in today’s reading from the Letter to the Romans: “I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). “Gospel” here refers to the whole of the New Testament rather than merely the four Gospels. The gospel is the […]

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Faith Is About Obedience

October 15, 2017 4 Comments
Faith Is About Obedience

There is a very important phrase in the beginning of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, which we are reading in daily Mass. A common modern conception of what it means to have faith has an egocentric element, for which St. Paul provides a remedy. In describing his authority and mission as an apostle, he […]

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Party or Perish

October 14, 2017 5 Comments
Party or Perish

The past three Sundays have featured shocking parables about our readiness, fruitfulness, and decision as to whether to accept and enter the Kingdom of God. The Lord has used the image of a vineyard extensively: a vineyard into which workers are dispatched at different times of the day but who have different attitudes about what […]

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Our God Sits High Yet Looks Low – A Meditation on Our Smallness

October 13, 2017 1 Comment
Our God Sits High Yet Looks Low – A Meditation on Our Smallness

There is a rather humorous aspect of the story of the Tower of Babel in the Book of Genesis. You likely know the basic story, which begins with the men of that early time saying, Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make […]

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