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Author Archive: Msgr. Charles Pope

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A Study of Sloth in the Life of Lot

July 1, 2015 9 Comments
A Study of Sloth in the Life of Lot

 In daily Mass this week (the 13th week of the year) we have been reading through Genesis. Tuesday’s reading highlights a significant spiritual problem: sloth, one of the seven deadly sins. Sloth is a sorrow, sadness, or aversion to the good things God offers. Rather than being joyful and zealous to obtain these gifts, the […]

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Awesome or Awful? A Reflection on the Mosaic of Christ in Majesty at the Basilica in Washington

June 30, 2015 43 Comments
Awesome or Awful? A Reflection on the Mosaic of Christ in Majesty at the Basilica in Washington

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception here in Washington recently, due to ordinations and other special occasions. As I walk up the main aisle I never fail to be moved by the scene above the apse of Christ in majesty. (See one of my photos to the right.) […]

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In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times

June 29, 2015 37 Comments
In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times

There’s an old hymn that says, “In times like these, you need a Savior, in times like these, you need an anchor. Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.” And indeed, there are very few faithful Catholics who are not astonished and dismayed at the rapidity of decline into […]

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Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

June 28, 2015 6 Comments
Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but everyone I […]

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From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

June 27, 2015 6 Comments
From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today focuses on a man named Jairus and a journey he makes from despair to deliverance, with the help of Jesus. Of course Jairus is not merely a synagogue official who lived two thousand years ago. You are Jairus and his journey is your journey. We also meet in this gospel a woman of […]

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Understanding and Context Are Important, As Seen in a Commercial

June 26, 2015 5 Comments
Understanding and Context Are Important, As Seen in a Commercial

Have you ever wondered what some of the crazy things we do look like to outsiders like our pets? The video below shows a possible scenario. Frankly, we humans do a lot of absurd stuff. The video below features some rituals related to the Super Bowl. Every now and again it’s good to laugh at some of the […]

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What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? A Consideration of the Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount

June 25, 2015 2 Comments
What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? A Consideration of the Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount

On Thursday in daily Mass we finished reading the Sermon on the Mount (Mat 7-9). In it, there is a line describing the reaction of the crowd that day on the slopes of the Mount of Beatitudes: And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who […]

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Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation on a Teaching by Jesus

June 24, 2015 22 Comments
Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation on a Teaching by Jesus

In the gospel earlier this week, we read a warning from Jesus that too many people just brush aside: Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads […]

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