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Celebrating the dignity of the disabled in a culture that advises aborting them.

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The beautiful video at the bottom of this post reminded me of a time a few years ago when I was privileged to take part in a webinar focused on providing support, Church teaching, and information to families who receive a pre-natal diagnosis that their child will be disabled in some way. Perhaps they are […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

On The Spaciousness and Silence that Characterize Deep Prayer

Monday, March 31st, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

One of the graces of deeper prayer, if we persevere through the years, is that the Lord turns us upward and outward. And, gradually, our prayer turns more toward God and is less anxious about our own aches and pains. It becomes enough to give them to God and trust in His providence. Gradually, we […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

A Recent Study Affirms that Conscience is innate and present even in the youngest children.

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

I have written before on the blog that I think that our fundamental conscience, a sense of basic right and wrong, is innate. That is to say, it is something with which we come equipped, rather than something we learn from social convention. As a believer, I would argue that this basic moral sense, our […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Walk in the Light – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

Saturday, March 29th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the Light of the World, brings light to a man born blind. If you are prepared to accept it, you are the man born blind, for all of us were born blind and in darkness. It was our baptism alone, and the faith it gave us, that has rendered us able […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Unresisted Temptation can Destroy you, as seen on T.V. !

Friday, March 28th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The fight against temptation is a key Lenten theme and, of course, one that extends to each day of our life if we are going to be serious followers of the Lord. There is something rather mysterious about temptation. We are often strangely drawn to things that harm us, and even knowing this, we still […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

The Gifts Bestowed by the Tenth Commandment, Which Forbids Coveting

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The Tenth Commandment is You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Ex 20:17). It is one of more rarely quoted commandments in conversation, yet frankly is confessed more often than […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Hyper-stimulation is an increasing evil about which we should be aware, learn its moves, and then rebuke its influence.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

We live in an age of such overstimulation that it would be unimaginable to people even a hundred years ago, let alone to those of more ancient times. In fact, it is probably more accurate to say we are not simply overstimulated, we are hyper-stimulated. The number and kind of diversions available to us and […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Many Who Seek to “Reform” the Church fundamentally misunderstand her Mission and Purpose. A Response to a Recent Church Critic

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

I recently read an article by Damon Linker in The Week entitled Why Churches Should Brace for a Mass Exodus of the Faithful. And while the article presents a kind of doomsday scenario, the actual experience of the Catholic Church would be better described as a steady erosion in terms of weekly attendance. The prospect, in the light […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Do your work, and leave the harvest to God and the one to whom he assigns it.

Monday, March 24th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In the Gospel of the Samaritan Woman from this past Sunday, Jesus gives an important teaching on sowing seeds and reaping harvests. The teaching has special importance for us who live in a modern, technological age that is so insistent on instant results. So easily we become resentful and discouraged when our efforts not yield […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Is the Lord’s Promise to Never Thirst Again Real? Yes! Here’s How.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The beautiful gospel of the woman at the well, which we read, Sunday, has so many wonderful teachings that not all can be dealt with in a single sermon. Hence, I’d like to consider today just a couple of the teachings that relate to this gospel. In this post, I’d like to deal with the […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Just a Little talk with Jesus – Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

As we examine the Gospel for this weekend’s Mass, we do well to understand that it is fundamentally a gospel about our desires and how the Lord reaches us through them. Prior to looking at the text, consider a few things: What it is that really makes you happy?      There are endless ways this […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Ingenious in Passing Things and Foolish in Eternal Things, As Seen on T.V.

Friday, March 21st, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

We live in times of great ingenuity. We have a lot of clever smarts. We have been to the moon and back. Our computers never cease to amaze, as we make them smaller and more powerful. We peer into outer space and see further than ever. And then we look ever deeper into inner space, […] [Read the rest of this entry »]