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Author Archive for Msgr. Charles Pope

Mysteries should be appreciated and lived more than “solved.”

In our modern culture we tend to use the word “mystery” differently than the Christian antiquity to which the Church is heir. We have discussed this notion on this blog before. In this brief post I’d like to review that, and add a new insight I heard recently from Fr. Francis Martin. As we have […] Read the rest of this entry »

Stained Glass and the Book of Revelation

Most Catholics are unaware of the fact that our traditional church buildings are based on designs given by God Himself. Their designs stretch all the way back to Mount Sinai, when God set forth the design for the sanctuary in the desert and the tent of meeting. Many of the fundamental aspects of our church […] Read the rest of this entry »

Heather Has Three Parents – Strange and Awful Plans are Under Way in England’s In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Labs

There’s an old saying in Latin: Omni trinum perfectum (all things are perfect in threes). It is a saying that emerges from the Trinitarian Theology but is meant somewhat playfully.  The other day, however, something was announced that definitely is not perfect in threes. A frightening piece in the BBC News describes three where there should be two, or, two’s […] Read the rest of this entry »

Give Me Jesus – A Sermon for the 17th Sunday

The Gospel today asks a fundamental question: “What is it that you value most?”  In other words, “What is it that you most want?” Now be careful to answer this question honestly. We tend to answer questions like this the way we think we “should” answer them rather than genuinely. But when we’re with the doctor (and […] Read the rest of this entry »

It Happened on Our Watch – As Seen on TV

Recent news has brought to the forefront the great cost of war. During the very time I was in the air flying to the West Coast, another airliner was shot down over Ukraine. Perhaps it was a foolish accident, perhaps not. Regardless, 300 people who had no real involvement in the military conflicts between Ukraine and Russia […] Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus is in the House! A Consideration of How Jesus’ Teaching Must Take Place in the Church

In the 13th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, which we are currently going through in daily Mass, there are a number of parables that Matthew seems to have collected from Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. Among them are the parable of the sower, the parable of the wheat and tares, the parable of the mustard seed, and […] Read the rest of this entry »

Five Steps to Better Mental Health – According to St. Paul

In modern times, we tend to link our notions of happiness and inner well-being to circumstances and happenstance. And thus we think that happiness will be found when the things of this world are arranged in the way and quantity we like.  If we can just get enough money and creature comforts, we’ll be happy […] Read the rest of this entry »

Gifts in Strange and Terrifying Packages – A Meditation on a Saying from Job

I spent today high in the Cascades of Washington State.  I was near Mt. Baker, one of the volcanic peaks in the range along the “ring of fire” that comes up the coast along the Pacific plate. Despite the nearness of the volcanic cone, snow and glaciers were what we most noticed today, July 25th. As […] Read the rest of this entry »

Another decision that illustrates what social radicals really mean by “tolerance”

In another show of selective tolerance from those who support the “gay” agenda, President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to “gay” and “transgender” workers in the federal government after being convinced by advocates of what they called the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” However the “tolerance” of the administration does not give religious organizations any exceptions […] Read the rest of this entry »

Reaching the Sleeping Soul Through Music

In my life, I have learned that music is powerful beyond words and often does what words alone can never do. Historically, when my soul was asleep morally, it was music that called me back. Although I joined the church choir in order to meet girls, it was through the music that the Lord showed me […] Read the rest of this entry »

Saint or “Ain’t”? A Sermon for the 16th Sunday of the Year

We live in difficult times for the Church, and from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal there are also deep concerns regarding the uncertain trumpet of Catholic preaching, lukewarm and nominal Catholics, an overall lack of discipline among Catholics, and a lack of disciplining by […] Read the rest of this entry »

Is your spiritual life like a motorboat or a sailboat?

When I was very young, perhaps 10 years old, I took some sailing lessons, and then once again when I was in my early 30s. Sailing involves a kind of “romancing the wind” wherein one observes the wind as it is and then adapts to it, wooing it, learning its moves, its vicissitudes, and its […] Read the rest of this entry »