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The Greater Gift – As seen in a touching Christmas Commercial

Friday, December 20th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

There is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren’t things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God, and extending to one another. One of the great dangers at Christmas time (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, of, as Jesus puts […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

The Bridegroom Comes! A reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Christmas Brings

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The coming of Christ at Christmas was as an infant. And thus we don’t usually think of wedding imagery related to the First coming of Jesus.  Yet, since the first coming of Christ is certainly fulfilled, we now focus more on his Second coming, of which the first coming is a sacramental reminder. Thus, in […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Run, Don’t Walk, To the Nearing Jesus. How Advent is a season of running more than waiting.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming”  there is the danger that we think we are only passively waiting for him to come.  It is not just that the Lord is coming to us, but we are also journeying to him. In fact, […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

A Brief Meditation on “Other Duties as Assigned.”

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

I think all of us who embark on a certain career path, or status or vocation have a certain file in our life called “other duties as assigned.” Priests, and especially pastors are no exception. Since most of us live on site, there are many custodial duties that often find their way into our “other […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

The Rise and Fall of a Prophet. And a warning for us.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

He is one of the more curious figures of the Bible, The details of his life and story are caught up in textual complexities in the book of Numbers. Though a prophet, he was not even an Israelite, he wrote no book and is not numbered among Israel’s prophets. And yet a prophet he was, […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Some Sober Reflection on Matrimony, Sexuality and the Family. A Call to Prayer for the Upcoming Synod.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

We’ve talked a good deal about the decline of marriage on this blog over the years. And our discussion must continue as the Synod on the family is planned in Rome. In my short 25 years as a priest I have experienced a major drop off in marriages. In my early years, I had about […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

The Perfect Gift – A Homily for Gaudete Sunday

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

What is the perfect gift? We tend to answer this question more in terms of what we want. But today’s Gospel teaches us that the perfect gift is what God is offering, more that what we specifically want. One of the goals of the spiritual is to come to value, above all else, what God […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Will God Still Be Able to Find Me? A Meditation on God’s Immanence Based on A Beautiful Christmas Commerical

Friday, December 13th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Children often have problems with generalization and conceptualization. For example, when I was very young I was told that Jesus lived in the tabernacle. Fine I thought, then that must mean there is furniture and stuff in there. So when the priest opened the tabernacle up on the high altar, I earnestly looked for the […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

In the Midst of Much Blood God extended a Rose. A Meditation on Guadalupe and Mother Mary

Friday, December 13th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Reflecting on this evening of the great feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, I am mindful of the first reading we had today from the book of Revelation the 12th chapter. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

What Ever Became of Advent Fasting And Penance?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the color purple (violet) used in advent is akin to its use in Lent, in that both are considered penitential seasons. Hence we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation. Traditionally Advent was a time we would, like Lent take […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Jesus and Christian Faith in the Public Square? Yes! And Proclaimed by a Military Band!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Maybe I’m just not listening to the news enough, but I haven’t heard a lot about the Christmas wars this year. These are the annual wars wherein a Christian seeks to put up some display of Christmas, be it a creche or Christmas tree, and soon various atheists or civil liberties groups lodge protests or […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Literally Messing with their Brain. What Recent Scientific Studies Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Raising our Children

Monday, December 9th, 2013
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In modern times there has been a tendency to downplay the differences between men and women, preferring to see whatever differences have historically existed as simply social constructs. This thinking was insisted upon by many as a kind of political correctness that must be held otherwise punishment and excoriation was sure to follow. Nevertheless, most […] [Read the rest of this entry »]