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The Word of God is not a mere text, He is a person. A meditation on the Personal Relationship we must have with the Word.

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Many people think of the Word of God as an “it” when in fact, the Word of God is a person, Jesus Christ. Jesus did not come merely to give us information and exhortation. He came to give us his very self. He is the “Word made Flesh.” Pope Emeritus Benedict made this point in, […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

A Meditation on Love and Lament for the Church

Monday, November 18th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

As a priest and pastor I work very closely with others, both clergy, religious and laity, who work for the Church and also volunteer. And of course all of us work for the Church, often for lower salaries than we could command elsewhere, because we love the Church and her people. But along with that […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Do you want a place at the table so you can direct the course of history? Try this.

Sunday, November 17th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

I sometimes like to joke with my parishioners that our church building which is located on the same street as United States Capitol has quite an exulted status. For, indeed, just up the street from my parish of Holy Comforter, is the United States Capitol.  It is arguably one of the most powerful buildings on […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

The Passage through a Passing World. A homily for the 33rd Sunday of the year

Saturday, November 16th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In the month of November the Church has us ponder the Four Last Things: death judgment, heaven and hell. As the golden gown of autumn gives way to the lifeless look of winter we too are encouraged to see that our own lives are on a trajectory that leads ultimately to autumn and then the […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

There are no Quick Fixes in the Spiritual Life, as seen in a commercial

Friday, November 15th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

One of the cultural challenges we face in both living and proclaiming the faith is that the true faith doesn’t often fit our frantic pace and instant expectations. Consider that may today, including we who believe, demand the “Quick Fix.” What ever the situation, be it sickness, a needed repair of something we own, the […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

The Beautiful Story of how Kirsten Powers Found Jesus. What’s Your Story?

Friday, November 15th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Last Week I wrote my testimony of meeting Jesus on a fateful day in November of 1995 (HERE). I have also written of the need that Christians have to better witness in a personal way to the faith, and to the relationship they have with the Lord. The other day I read a beautiful conversion […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

A Reflection on the Modern Error of Preaching Mercy without Repentance

Thursday, November 14th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

There are of course many ways of describing the pastoral, liturgical and theological struggles of our day. But one very simple way of describing current problems that touches on all these areas is simply this:  that a presumptive attitude of mercy without repentance is both taught and widely held by far too many modern Catholics, […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Thoughts on the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass – Not Really as Dark or Dreadful As Many Say

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Perhaps as a concluding post on funeral masses, this is my third post on the subject this week (omni trinum perfectum – all things are perfect in three), I would like to re-post an article I wrote over a year ago. Many of the comments these past days mentioned the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass, which […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

A Funeral Sermon designed to teach on the Last Things, and inspire prayer

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

On yesterday’s blog post, I discussed some of the more common problems that arise with funerals these days. That blog post provides the kind of background to the homily I present here. In this homily, I try to teach on what I think are important and central themes that need emphasis in Christian funerals today. […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Funeral Foibles. How many Catholic funerals lack balance and do not teach clearly on the Last Things

Sunday, November 10th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

I was recently asked by the Archdiocese of Washington to lead a workshop for catechists that focused on the catechetical teachings implicit in the funeral rites of the Church. At first, I was somewhat surprised at the request. It didn’t strike me as the first sort of topic that one might speak about when speaking […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

I’m Gonna Ride the Chariot in the Morning Lord! – A Sermon for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

Saturday, November 9th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In the readings today, the Church presents for us a strong reminder and teaching on the resurrection. Jesus himself leads the charge against those who would deny the resurrection from the dead and the seven Brothers of the first reading along with their mother bring up the rear. Let’s take a look at what we […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

On the Purgative, Illuminative and Unitive Stages of Spiritual Life, as seen in a Cartoon

Friday, November 8th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In the spiritual journey, there are generally denoted three basic stages through which the soul must pass that draws us to deeper union with God: the Purgative, the Illuminative and the Unitive. And those who seek union with God must realize that such union, while always the gift of God, requires process, often painful, that […] [Read the rest of this entry »]