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Author Archive: Msgr. Charles Pope

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Three Words That Can Change Your Life

July 6, 2017 4 Comments
Three Words That Can Change Your Life

Sometimes we like to complicate things, but every now and again it’s good to simplify, to make things plain and simple. The other day it occurred to me that three words describe the wellbeing that I have discovered in my physical, emotional, and spiritual life: move, breathe, and trust. “Move” pertains to the physical, “breathe” […]

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Are We Modern Clergy Even Remotely Close to St. Paul’s Description of the Earliest Preachers?

July 5, 2017 21 Comments
Are We Modern Clergy Even Remotely Close to St. Paul’s Description of the Earliest Preachers?

It is amazing to think that 30 of the first 33 Popes died as martyrs. Of the other three, two died in exile and only one died in his bed. It’s hard to imagine such suffering today among the lowliest of priests let alone Church prelates. On the Feast of St. Thomas Apostle (July 3rd) […]

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The Stages of Evangelization, According to Pope St. Gregory the Great

July 4, 2017 6 Comments
The Stages of Evangelization, According to Pope St. Gregory the Great

In evangelizing souls (including our own), there are usually stages that precede conversion. In the past I have written on these stages and referred to them as “Mad … Sad … Glad.” 1.  Mad – In this stage, one may present as angry, resistant, or averse to the message of the Gospel or to some […]

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A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom Can Only Exist Within Limits

July 3, 2017 6 Comments
A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom Can Only Exist Within Limits

All across the United States on the Fourth of July, we celebrate freedom. In particular, freedom from tyranny, from government that is not representative, from unchecked power, and from unaccountable sovereigns. Yet as Christians, we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that are distorted, exaggerated, and detached from a proper biblical, […]

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A Magnificent Description of the Immigrant Church of 1900-1950

July 2, 2017 4 Comments
A Magnificent Description of the Immigrant Church of 1900-1950

The great influx of Catholic immigrants from Europe brought exponential growth to the Catholic population of this country, making Catholicism the single largest religious group by far. Those Catholic immigrants gathered together in ethnic parishes, creating ethnic neighborhoods in which faith and culture were knitted together. They sought survival in a land that seemed at […]

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Four Disciplines for Worthy Disciples – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

July 1, 2017 3 Comments
Four Disciplines for Worthy Disciples – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel this Sunday, the Lord gives three important principles for a disciple. He also teaches on the concept of being worthy of Him. We tend think of being worthy as acting in a way that meets a certain standard, but the Greek word for “worthy” involves more than merely external behavior, important though […]

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God Never Forgets – As Seen in a Commercial

June 30, 2017 0 Comments
God Never Forgets – As Seen in a Commercial

There’s something about the commercial below that reminds me of this Scripture passage: As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and he is gone, and his place knows him no more. but the steadfast love of the Lord is from […]

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Pray for Priests! An Urgent Call Based on a Teaching by Robert Cardinal Sarah

June 29, 2017 12 Comments
Pray for Priests! An Urgent Call Based on a Teaching by Robert Cardinal Sarah

One of the most consistent concerns expressed both by my readers and by attendees at the various talks I give, is the large number of tepid and problematic clergy. We clergy give our people much to endure, yet for the most part they are so very patient and loving with us despite our foibles and […]

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