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Jesus teaches us not merely how to avoid temptation, but how to be prepared for temptations to come

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The battle against temptation in our lives is, of course, an ongoing struggle. Some moments and periods of our life provide more temptation than others, but no day goes by without at least some sort of temptation. While it is important to battle temptation in the moment, it is also important to build ourselves up […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Proclaiming the Whole Counsel of God: A Word to Priests and Parents From St. Paul

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The first reading from today’s Mass is Paul’s farewell speech to the presbyters (priests) of the early Church. Here is a skilled bishop and pastor exhorting others who have pastoral roles within the Church. Let’s take a look at this text and apply its wisdom to Bishops and priests as well as to parents and […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Dust on the Hymnal: Pondering the Decline of Hymn Singing in American Denominations

Sunday, June 1st, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

One of the more prominent features of Protestant denominations over the decades was hymn singing. Get in your time machine, go back 50 years to a service for any Protestant denomination, and you would find every member of the congregation on his feet, hymnal in hand, singing quite loudly, even harmonizing the old familiar hymns: […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Love Lifted Me – A Homily for Ascension

Saturday, May 31st, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this weekend. The liturgist in me regrets the move, but here we are any way. So let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late! This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago. For though Christ our […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

The Importance of the Communal Life As Seen in Two Cartoons

Friday, May 30th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

There is a line from scripture that says, Woe to the solitary man. If he falls he has no one to lift him up (Ecclesiastes 4:10). Scripture also says, And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Of Mice and Men: Pondering the strange loss of faith in an age of science.

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

One of the more imponderable aspects of the growing number of agnostics and atheists is their claim that there is no evidence for the intelligent creator of the universe that we call God. But clearly the created universe manifests intelligibility and order from the farthest reaches of the cosmos and outer space down to our […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Euphemisms have a place in human discourse but not when they obscure moral truth

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

One of the subtleties of language is the use of euphemisms.  A euphemism is a less offensive word or phrase used in place of another  term that might be considered too direct, harsh, unpleasant, or offensive. It substitutes an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that might offend or suggest something unpleasant. The word comes from the Greek  euphēmismos, which […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Happiness is an Inside Job – As Seen in the Story of Paul and Silas

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In the first reading for Tuesday’s daily Mass, there is a remarkable description of an event in the lives of Paul and Silas. And even more remarkable than the event itself is their reaction to it. Let’s pick up the story as told in Acts: The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

How Modern Heresies Isolate Us and Leave Us Unfulfilled

Monday, May 26th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

A couple of years back, a remarkable book was published by Ross Douthat. I recommend it as required reading for anyone who wants to grasp what has happened to faith in the second half of the 20th Century up until now. It is Bad Religion – How we became a nation of heretics. It seems […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

On the “Memorare” of Memorial Day and the Admonishment to Remember

Sunday, May 25th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Memorial Day, for many, means the beginning of summer. To others, it is a day off to go shopping. But as I am sure you know, Memorial Day is really a day to honor those who have died in the service of this country. Here are some thoughts based on two words from a day […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Living the Lessons of Love – Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter.

Saturday, May 24th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In the Gospel for today’s Mass, Jesus gives us three lessons on love, which are meant to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They also go a long way towards describing the normal Christian life. Too many Christians see the Christian Faith more as a set of rules to keep […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Samson And Delilah As Seen in Cartoon – Or a Parable on the Wages of Lust and Power

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The video below is a dramatization (sort of) of the story of Samson and Delilah as well as a commentary on lust and power. In case you would like to review the story of Samson and Delilah, CLICK HERE. As the video opens, two superheroes are summoned to an emergency. They rush to the scene, but […] [Read the rest of this entry »]