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Author Archive: Msgr. Charles Pope

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Love is Not About Abstractions

May 7, 2018 1 Comment
Love is Not About Abstractions

In the Office of Readings during the sixth week of Easter, we celebrate the Word becoming flesh. We read from the First Letter of John, which emphasizes the Incarnation of Jesus and demands that we experience the Word becoming Flesh in a practical way in our own lives. Fundamentally, the Incarnation, the Second Person of […]

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The Battlefield of our Mind

May 6, 2018 3 Comments
The Battlefield of our Mind

There is a war we must wage in our mind. Indeed, the mind is the central battlefield of our Christian journey. The mind is where we “live,” where we are alone with our thoughts and with God; it is where we think, deliberate, and decide. Our “thought life” determines our ultimate destiny: Sow a thought, […]

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On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love and Law – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 5, 2018 2 Comments
On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love and Law – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

In the Sunday Gospel, Jesus cuts right through the modern Western tendency to place love in opposition with law, and law in opposition with joy. Jesus joins all three concepts and summons us to a new attitude. I. Connections – Jesus says, As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If […]

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Why Does It Take So Long to Build and Almost No Time to Destroy?

May 4, 2018 2 Comments
Why Does It Take So Long to Build and Almost No Time to Destroy?

One of the questions I have asked God is, “Why does it always take so long to build something up while it only seems to take moment to tear it down or destroy it?” Destruction is always so much easier than construction. Decades, centuries, even a millennium of building a culture (e.g., Christendom) seems to […]

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Why is a Psalm About Creation Proclaimed on the Feast of the Apostles?

May 3, 2018 0 Comments
Why is a Psalm About Creation Proclaimed on the Feast of the Apostles?

Thursday’s feast of Saints Philip and James, like that for almost all the apostles, contains passages from Psalm 19. This has always intrigued me because this psalm is not a reference to human preaching or witness at all, but rather a reference to the wordless witness of creation. The heavens declare the glory of God, […]

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Of Mice and Men – Pondering the Strange Loss of Faith in an Age of Science

May 2, 2018 5 Comments
Of Mice and Men – Pondering the Strange Loss of Faith in an Age of Science

One of the more perplexing claims of the growing number of agnostics and atheists among us is that there is no evidence of an intelligent creator of the universe. Clearly, the created universe manifests intelligibility and order from the farthest reaches of outer space down to our small planet and further down into the “inner […]

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A Most Vivid Description of St. Athanasius

May 1, 2018 0 Comments
A Most Vivid Description of St. Athanasius

A couple of brief thoughts about St. Athanasius whose feast we celebrate today. I have served in African-American parishes for most of my priesthood and have often wondered why there don’t seem to be any black parishes named for this North-African saint. There are many named for Augustine and Cyprian, both of whom were likely […]

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Never Forget the Suffering it Took To Bring the Faith and the Gospel!

April 30, 2018 5 Comments
Never Forget the Suffering it Took To Bring the Faith and the Gospel!

Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells of the stoning of St. Paul. We do well to ponder the kinds of sufferings the Apostles endured to announce the Gospel and win souls for Christ. In the “softer” Church of the declining West, it is hard for us even to imagine such suffering. How […]

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