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Author Archive: Msgr. Charles Pope

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Paradoxes of Evangelization

September 6, 2018 4 Comments
Paradoxes of Evangelization

There are certain paradoxes and mysteries that underlie the growth of the Kingdom. While we should strive to implement “best practices” (e.g., good liturgy, dynamic preaching, Eucharistic adoration, a welcoming parish atmosphere), even when many of these things are in place, growth may still not occur; in fact, sometimes number may decline. Conversely, in some […]

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Zeal: A Virtue Most Necessary to Overcome Sloth and Moral Sleepiness

September 5, 2018 4 Comments
Zeal: A Virtue Most Necessary to Overcome Sloth and Moral Sleepiness

One of the great virtues related to charity is zeal. Zeal is the ardor of charity; it is love burning brightly. It is a fiery love for God, for His gracious truth, and for the salvation of souls. Because of human fear, sloth, and self-seeking, zeal is rare. It is especially difficult to find in […]

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On the Problem of Arrested Spiritual Development

September 4, 2018 7 Comments
On the Problem of Arrested Spiritual Development

Consider a five-year-old child who had not yet learned to walk or talk, who could only lie in his crib, who could not eat solid food. Most of us would consider this a great tragedy, a case of arrested development. Surely as he failed to pass expected milestones his parents would consult multiple doctors in an […]

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How Can a Demon, Driven Out, Return with Seven More?

September 3, 2018 19 Comments
How Can a Demon, Driven Out, Return with Seven More?

The Gospel for Tuesday of the 22nd Week of the Year features Jesus casting out a demon, easily dispatching it. There is another parable, however, in which a cast-out demon returns with seven others. It is puzzling that the house (soul) being “swept and clean” brings further trouble. One would think that a house in such a state […]

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Labor Day Reflection: We Need One Another to Survive

September 2, 2018 2 Comments
Labor Day Reflection: We Need One Another to Survive

Labor Day makes me mindful of our interconnectedness; we need one another in order to survive. Consider how we are each called to contribute as well as how we benefit from the labor of others: Even that simple can of corn you pull from the grocery store shelf has thousands of people standing behind it: […]

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The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

September 1, 2018 1 Comment
The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

This Sunday’s readings teach a proper understanding of God’s Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and the Law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. If we love God, we want what He wants and […]

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Humility and Our Hidden Faults, as Seen in a Commercial

August 31, 2018 0 Comments
Humility and Our Hidden Faults, as Seen in a Commercial

The video below humorously illustrates a biblical principle about our hidden faults. Indeed, we all have sins and behaviors that are obvious to others but of which we are unaware. In addition, we have even deeper faults of which no one is aware except God Himself, who sees our innermost heart. Consider some of the […]

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Exorcism’s Ultimate Power Is the Word of God and the Prayer of the Church

August 30, 2018 3 Comments
Exorcism’s Ultimate Power Is the Word of God and the Prayer of the Church

The following essay is a companion essay to another post I wrote on deliverance: God is More Powerful than Satan. When thinking of deliverance and exorcism there is a tendency to imagine that they involve wresting demons from their place through the menacing use of sacramentals (e.g., crosses, holy water, relics) and a battle of […]

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