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Author Archive: Msgr. Charles Pope

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On Being the Adult in the Room

October 28, 2018 5 Comments
On Being the Adult in the Room

In the Letter to the Ephesians, from which we read at this past Saturday’s daily Mass, St. Paul has this to say: And [Christ] gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of […]

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A Man Who Saw by Hearing

October 27, 2018 2 Comments
A Man Who Saw by Hearing

This Sunday’s Gospel features the well-known story of the healing of the blind man (Bartimaeus). When listening to any familiar story, we are inclined, upon hearing its opening lines, to think, “Oh, that story,” and just sort of tune out. If we do so, though, we may miss some important details. The story of Bartimaeus […]

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Distractions, as Seen in a Commercial

October 26, 2018 0 Comments
Distractions, as Seen in a Commercial

The word “distracted” most literally means to be drawn or pulled aside. When distracted, we lose our focus and may act improperly, unwisely, or incorrectly. The commercial below depicts a young man trying to play a video game while eating. The results are comical and destructive inside the video game world. The cosmic battle in […]

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The Lord Is Eager to Engage the Battle; Are You?

October 25, 2018 3 Comments
The Lord Is Eager to Engage the Battle; Are You?

The Gospel for Thursday of the 29th Week of the Year speaks of a great cosmic battle taking place all around us. In it, Jesus speaks of His mission to engage our ancient foe and to gather God’s elect back from the enslaving clutches of Satan, who was a murderer and a liar from the […]

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A Call To Courage from the Book of Esther

October 24, 2018 6 Comments
A Call To Courage from the Book of Esther

In the Office of the Readings, we are currently reading from the Book of Esther. At the heart of the book is a reminder that there come moments in our lives when we must stand up and be counted whatever the cost. At such times we must confront our fears, choose sides, and act with […]

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The Case of the Missing Veil

October 23, 2018 70 Comments
The Case of the Missing Veil

One of the most consistent appeals to tradition is women wearing veils. (I have written more about it here, here and here.) For the record, I love to see women wearing veils and hats at Mass, but as a general notion, nothing says tradition as much as the veil. But how traditional is it? I […]

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Are You Ready For When the Lord Shall Come?

October 22, 2018 9 Comments
Are You Ready For When the Lord Shall Come?

In the Gospel for Tuesday of the 29th Week, Jesus reminds us to be ready, but what does that mean? Let’s consider four ways that the Lord describes. READY to WORK – Jesus says, “gird your loins,” which is the ancient equivalent of saying, “roll up your sleeves.” The Lord has a work for us […]

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What Happened to Us When We Were Baptized into Christ Jesus?

October 21, 2018 0 Comments
What Happened to Us When We Were Baptized into Christ Jesus?

The first reading for Monday’s daily Mass, from the Letter to the Ephesians (Eph 2:1-10), gives a concise account of our salvation by Christ Jesus. It begins by describing our absolute need for salvation and then speaks to the gifts that come with it. Let’s take a look. Dead in our Sins – The text […]

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