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The Wonder of Life

October 11, 2017 2 Comments
The Wonder of Life

Read Cardinal Wuerl’s prepared remarks for the Lives Worthy of Respect Panel Discussion at Georgetown University on October 2, 2017. Some years ago, I visited a mother who had given birth to sextuplets – six tiny bundles of life. As I gave a blessing to them, with pride in her voice and joy in her […]

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On a Sad Sidewalk, a Small Foretaste of Jesus’ Words, “You Will Weep … but Your Grief Will Become Joy”

May 25, 2017 4 Comments
On a Sad Sidewalk, a Small Foretaste of Jesus’ Words, “You Will Weep … but Your Grief Will Become Joy”

Something about today’s Gospel (Friday of the 6th Week of Easter) reminds me of an incident on the front lines of the battle to end abortion. Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in […]

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On the Paradoxical Beauty of Dying

November 6, 2016 3 Comments
On the Paradoxical Beauty of Dying

As most of you know, the Washington, D.C. City Council recently took a step toward legalizing physician-assisted suicide for those with less than six months to live. Although I have written elsewhere about the dangerous implications of this legislation, in today’s post I want to stand up for the dying, at home and in nursing […]

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Within Our Darkest Night, You Kindle a Fire That Never Dies Away

October 24, 2016 8 Comments
Within Our Darkest Night, You Kindle a Fire That Never Dies Away

And old song from the Taizé Community says, “Within our darkest night [, Lord], you kindle a fire that never dies away, that never dies away.” Something of this “light in darkness” has come to me in the deep winter of moral collapse that is present-day America. For this I can only thank the Lord […]

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Summoned, Sure, and Strong: Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

August 16, 2016 5 Comments
Summoned, Sure, and Strong: Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

By way of spiritually preparing for a pro-life project here in my parish and deanery, I asked the Lord to show me any biblical text He wanted me to see. I randomly opened the Bible and my eyes fell on Proverbs 24, which has some very good material for reflection for any and all engaged […]

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Marching to Save Lives and a Nation

June 19, 2016 2 Comments
Marching to Save Lives and a Nation

  The following is from a Homily I preached just prior to our march and prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood “clinic” being built here in Washington, D.C. The first reading at Mass today (Saturday of the 11th week of the year) is from Second Chronicles; it details the reforms of King Joash and then […]

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Seduced by Poverty

April 18, 2012 0 Comments
Seduced by Poverty

As an idealistic, optimistic, college student, I was introduced to the documents of Vatican II, specifically, the opening paragraph of Gadium et Spes. “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, […]

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Verizon Center Homily at Youth Rally for Life

January 24, 2012 19 Comments

Some of you have written and asked if the Homily I was privileged to preach at the Verizon center was available. There is an audio version here: Monsignor Charles Pope’s Rally for Life homily by PalmerReview1 Thanks to Matt Palmer, over at The Welcome Matt for supplying this audio. If you have any trouble playing […]

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