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What we can learn about suffering in the story of Joseph, the Patriarch.

Monday, January 13th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

One of the greatest and most painful of mysteries is the problem of suffering and the broader problem of evil in the world. I was meditating with my Sunday School parents this past weekend on the Old Testament Patriarch Joseph. That story is rich with lessons about family struggles, envy, jealousy, pride, mercy and forgiveness. […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

To Mean Well is Not To Do Well.

Sunday, January 12th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

I have noticed that it is very common today that moral assessments seem to center quite a lot around the intentions and feelings of the person involved. What is actually being done seems less significant and as long as a person “means well” or feels something is right then it is OK for them and […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism

Saturday, January 11th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of his body. As Christ enters the water, he makes holy the water that will […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

On The Problem of Rash Judgments as Seen in a Cartoon.

Friday, January 10th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The video at the bottom of this page is a touching story in illustration that things in life are not always what they first appear to be. There is the sinful tendency we have of rash judgment. Too often we take offense at things when none was given or intended. Sometimes we get hurt because […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Why Did Jesus “mean to pass by” his Disciples when He was walking on the water?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In the Gospel for daily Mass on this past Wednesday we read from Mark Chapter 6. It is the familiar story of Jesus walking on the water after having multiplied to loaves and fishes earlier that day. There is to our modern ears an odd turn of phrase that takes place about midway through the […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Finding the Church in a Bach Fugue

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Many of you have likely read the   classic description of the Church from the 1951 novel Dan England and the Noonday Devil by Myles Connolly. It is a wonderful reminder to us that the Church is not an institution but is a Body, made up of members who, in their own unique way, give witness […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Should the Church Consider Reintroducing the Exorcism Prayers in the Rite of Baptism?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In yesterday’s blog post, we examined some reports on the revised Rite of Baptism being proposed in the Church of England. Many argue, I think rightly, that the new Rite results in a watering down of many essential truths. The longer is sin nor the devil explicitly renounced. You can read more of that here: […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Church of England “Waters Down” Baptismal Rite?

Monday, January 6th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Recent adaptations in the baptismal rite of the Church of England further illustrate the troubles endured by that ecclesial communion. I’d like to excerpt an article, make some comments of my own, and then set up for an article tomorrow wherein we ought to spend a little time looking at our own current Rite of […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

A Monsignor Reflects on the Restriction of the Title “Monsignor.”

Sunday, January 5th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

This is one of those stories that I hesitate to comment on because I’m indirectly implicated in it. But according to substantial rumors, the Pope has decided to eliminate the title “Monsignor” being conferred on any priest under 65. I say “rumors,” because I have not seen any official Vatican statement. Further rumors like this […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

From Magi to Wise Men – A Homily For Epiphany

Saturday, January 4th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, the nations, and their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they see, and the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod and their ultimate rejection of him in favor Christ. In this meditation I would like especially to […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

On the Futile Quest to Find Happiness from the World, as Taught to us by Ormie the Pig

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The video below is a humorous depiction of the utter frustration of seeking our fulfillment in or from this world. Ormie the Pig seeks cookies that are just out of reach and he will go to every length to get them. Many are like this in our world. In a quest for illusory happiness, many […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

God in Winter – A Meditation on Finding God in the Snow.

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

It’s snowing in Washington. And I had quite a slow ride home through a very heavy fetch of snow that reflects back in the headlights making it difficult to see. But it had a magnificent and hypnotic effect. I will enjoy my walk tonight through the winter wonderland. Not every one likes snow but is […] [Read the rest of this entry »]