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Author Archive for Msgr. Charles Pope

Mamma Mia – Perfectly in God’s Design, as Seen in a Short Video

My mother died a little more than ten years ago, quite tragically and suddenly. At first her presence seemed so far away, her soothing voice with its gentle mid-western accent, gone. But then about six months ago, in my heart and deep in my thoughts, I had a sense that suddenly she moved closer to […] Read the rest of this entry »

God on His Terms, Not Ours

There is a brief interaction between Jesus and certain unbelieving Jews on the Temple Mount which illustrates the rather common human tendency to demand that God be God on our terms, not His. Here is that dialogue: And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around […] Read the rest of this entry »

More Precious than Silver or Gold – A Meditation on the Spiritual Work of Mercy to Instruct the Ignorant

To instruct comes from the Latin in + struere, which means to build up or (even more literally) to pile up. In English, there is also the notion of strewing something. For example, to strew hay or to say that the seed has been strewn. Thus, to instruct means to disperse knowledge or build someone up in what is learned. […] Read the rest of this entry »

There Are Some Things That Are Not for You to Know – A Meditation on the Seven Thunders of the Book of Revelation

In the Office last week, we read a poignant passage from the Book of Revelation. It reminds us that there are some things that are not for us to know. Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was […] Read the rest of this entry »

Eyes That Are Humble – A Meditation on the Humbling Thorn of St. Paul

The story of St. Paul’s conversion is well known and we read it last week in daily Mass. But there is a detail that I have often pondered which, though speculative, ought not be overlooked. Indeed, even my choice of the words “speculative” and “overlooked” (both of which refer to the eyes) indicate that we ought […] Read the rest of this entry »

Please Pray This Week for Traditional Marriage – The Supreme Court Is in Session

The March for Marriage yesterday in Washington, D.C. was successful for numerous reasons. Among them was the turnout: over 10,000 people. This is especially impressive given the date change (the march had been planned for June but was moved to April when the Supreme Court’s schedule for the marriage cases was announced). Second, the march manifested a diversity that […] Read the rest of this entry »

The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

On this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the […] Read the rest of this entry »

When We Cast Off What Has Empowered Us, Only God Knows How Strange It Can Get – As Seen in a Commercial

The video below shows a world gone mad, a world in which chaos and unpredictability have taken over. Watch it and see the cause to which the commercial ascribes the problem. But allow it to be an allegory of what happens when we let God’s presence die in our hearts and minds, we let natural law die […] Read the rest of this entry »

On Praying for a Deep Hatred and Fear of Sin and Its Darkness

We ought to ask the Lord to inspire us with a holy hatred of sin. There is a kind of inverse relationship that we ought to seek: if we love the truth staunchly we will detest sin and lies more fully. It is impossible to love the truth vigorously without also detesting error. Similarly, as […] Read the rest of this entry »

What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

St Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy: He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself (Phil 3:19). I once spoke with an older woman who […] Read the rest of this entry »

Some Advice from Mother Church, as Pictured in the Book of Ruth

Recently I preached a retreat for a good number of women here in our Archdiocese. I based the retreat on the Book of Ruth, a beautiful love story that is a kind of allegory for Christ and the Church. More specifically it is an allegory of the individual’s salvation by Christ and in relationship to […] Read the rest of this entry »

Admonish the Sinner – A Reflection on the First Spiritual Work of Mercy

I wrote last week asking, Whatever happened to the spiritual works of mercy? I also indicated an intent to write on each of them. Here is the first installment: Admonishing the Sinner. The word “admonish” comes from the Latin verb monere meaning to warn, advise, or alert someone to a threat or danger. As such, its purpose is […] Read the rest of this entry »