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Author Archive for Msgr. Charles Pope

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 »

The Liturgy is More than a Text: A meditation on rediscovering a wider understanding of Sacred Liturgy

One of the greatest liturgical shifts in the last 60 years has been in the area of language and the spoken word. The almost complete disappearance of Latin is to be lamented, but the use of the vernacular has arguably produced many positive effects. The augmentation of the Scriptures used has also been notable and […] Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, They Ate Locust – A Review of Some Common Foods at the Time of Jesus

Generally speaking, the Israelites of the time of Christ were frugal eaters. Frankly, until about 100 years ago, frugality in eating was more imposed than chosen. Food was more scarce and less convenient than it is today. Its availability was seasonal and all the elements needed to be made from scratch; even water needed to […] Read the rest of this entry »