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Author Archive for Msgr. Charles Pope

The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

On this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the […] Read the rest of this entry »

When We Cast Off What Has Empowered Us, Only God Knows How Strange It Can Get – As Seen in a Commercial

The video below shows a world gone mad, a world in which chaos and unpredictability have taken over. Watch it and see the cause to which the commercial ascribes the problem. But allow it to be an allegory of what happens when we let God’s presence die in our hearts and minds, we let natural law die […] Read the rest of this entry »

On Praying for a Deep Hatred and Fear of Sin and Its Darkness

We ought to ask the Lord to inspire us with a holy hatred of sin. There is a kind of inverse relationship that we ought to seek: if we love the truth staunchly we will detest sin and lies more fully. It is impossible to love the truth vigorously without also detesting error. Similarly, as […] Read the rest of this entry »

What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

St Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy: He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself (Phil 3:19). I once spoke with an older woman who […] Read the rest of this entry »

Some Advice from Mother Church, as Pictured in the Book of Ruth

Recently I preached a retreat for a good number of women here in our Archdiocese. I based the retreat on the Book of Ruth, a beautiful love story that is a kind of allegory for Christ and the Church. More specifically it is an allegory of the individual’s salvation by Christ and in relationship to […] Read the rest of this entry »

Admonish the Sinner – A Reflection on the First Spiritual Work of Mercy

I wrote last week asking, Whatever happened to the spiritual works of mercy? I also indicated an intent to write on each of them. Here is the first installment: Admonishing the Sinner. The word “admonish” comes from the Latin verb monere meaning to warn, advise, or alert someone to a threat or danger. As such, its purpose is […] Read the rest of this entry »

On the Mysticism of the Simple Word “Consider”

Every now and then a word just catches your ear. Several times in a day it jumps out at you and you’re tempted to say, “There it is again!” A few days ago it was the word “consider,” a very ordinary word. Or is it? Why did it suddenly strike me so? With my knowledge of […] Read the rest of this entry »

Becoming Witnesses of the Resurrection and the Truth of the Gospel – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

The gospel for this Sunday speaks to the necessity of becoming witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus. It begins with the necessary foundation of the proclamation of the Church: “The Lord is risen indeed, he has appeared to Simon!” This solemn declaration of the Church forms the doctrinal certitude of the resurrection. On this foundation […] Read the rest of this entry »

Lost in Cyberspace – As Seen in a Commercial

For most people, the word virtual has come to mean the Internet or the computer world, as in “occurring or existing primarily online.”  But the word virtual has an original meaning that is actually quite descriptive of a modern problem. Prior to its application to the computer world, the word virtual meant “being something in effect, though […] Read the rest of this entry »

What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy?

During daily Mass we are currently reading through chapter six of John’s Gospel. There is of course a glorious focus on the Lord’s true presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament. However, there is also another important teaching given at a critical moment in chapter six that is important for us to lay hold of today. It is a call to recover a greater […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine

I have found that one of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine  is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin, followed by my own translation: Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse, magnum est. What is a little thing,  is (just) a little thing. But to be faithful in a little […] Read the rest of this entry »

Strange but Rich Verses File: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying That Jesus Was “Eating Salt with Them”?

There is an unusual verse that occurs in the first chapter of the Acts the Apostles, describing a gathering of Jesus and the Apostles after the resurrection but before the ascension. For the most part, modern translations do not reveal the full oddity of the verse. The verse in question, as rendered by the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, is, […] Read the rest of this entry »