Author Archive for Msgr. Charles Pope

Directions for Disciples When Dealing With Difficulties – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

In life we face many difficulties, and these difficulties challenge not only us, but our faith. Deep struggle can lead us to question God, His love, or even His existence. The readings today speak to us of these sorts of difficulties and prophetically interpret them for us. Let’s take a look at these readings in […] Read the rest of this entry »

An Image of Salvation in a KIA Soul Commercial

Many years ago, Archbishop Sheen made an insightful point that I am relating to you from memory. I beg your mercy if I do not quote him exactly, but his point related to soteriology, the theology of how we are saved. Now to be clear, we are saved by the obedience of Christ. But not all […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Picture of Holy Boldness in Prayer

  There are some who wince at the notion of praying boldly to God, especially if anger or exasperation are part of that boldness. And yet the Bible itself models and counsels that we should include in our prayers the times when we are angry, exasperated, or disappointed in God. The psalms are filled with such prayers […] Read the rest of this entry »

Pondering Punishment as an Act of Love

In the first reading from today’s Mass (Wednesday of the fourth week of the year) came this admonition: My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges. In our times, we have tended to set […] Read the rest of this entry »

Mysteries and Paradoxes of Evangelization – A Meditation on a Passage from the Gospel of Mark

In the Church throughout the world today, we are rightly more focused on evangelization. It is “job one,” and Jesus could not have been clearer: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey […] Read the rest of this entry »

How to Save the World, God’s Way – A Reflection on a Liturgical Teaching of Pope Benedict

Whenever I write on liturgy, I get a lot of comments. Many people obviously care deeply about it. Yet I also get comments that decry my “preoccupation” with liturgy, saying that it is of minor importance compared to the issues of poverty, abortion, etc. Some on the left will say, “Who cares if the Pope washes certain feet or […] Read the rest of this entry »

Compare and Contrast: The Super Bowl and the Mass, Football and Faith

I write to you in the midst of a semi-“religious” event: the Super Bowl. People have donned their sacred attire and are shouting praises. I enjoy football, but see it a lot less than most since I’m a priest and tend to be busy on Sundays! Yet I remain quite fascinated at how passionate and […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Portrait of Powerful Preaching – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

There are four aspects of powerful preaching displayed by Jesus in this passage. Jesus is not just a powerful preacher Himself, but also models what it means to be a powerful and effective preacher. In using the word “preacher” here we ought to be careful not to reduce preaching merely to what takes place in […] Read the rest of this entry »

Less is More – As Seen in a Cartoon

We have more than ever. Not just more things, but more options, more capacity, and more ability. Several hundred years ago a young peasant living in Europe seldom ventured more than a few miles from where he was born; longer journeys were rare and for serious reasons only. Much of a person’s life was “decided” […] Read the rest of this entry »

Practice and Perseverance Make Perfect – As Seen in a Pong Video

What do Pong shots have to do with holiness? Very little! But what if holiness weren’t so impossible after all and what it really took was God’s grace interacting with some practice and perseverance? Maybe the seemingly impossible would be seen by our very eyes. Think about it and get started. No, not with Pong […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a cautionary article aimed at my traditionally-minded brethren saying, among other things, that we ought to be careful in identifying the Ordinary Form of the Mass (1970 Missal and beyond) as the “Mass of Vatican II.”  I will not reproduce that whole article here. I will only recall three […] Read the rest of this entry »

Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of the Latest Assisted Suicide Bill

A bill has been introduced in the Washington D.C. City Council to legalize assisted suicide. And thus yet another battle is before us in the cultural meltdown of our land. Unpleasant though it is, dear reader, consider with me the proposed legislation and why we, as both Christians and those dedicated to Natural Law and the common […] Read the rest of this entry »