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On the Paradoxical Freedom of Poverty as Taught by St. John Chrysostom

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

There is a saying that you cannot steal from a man who has nothing, and you cannot threaten a man who has nothing to lose. Of Jesus, the Son of Man who had no where to lay his head (Matt 8:20), this was surely true. The world had no claim on him, nothing to hook […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

First the Bait, Then the Hook – a Sober Meditation on Temptation

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Satan, it would seem, does not act in an arbitrary manner when trying to tempt us. Rather, he is more of a master hunter carefully setting traps, or a skilled fisherman who carefully studies behavior in order to choose the most effective bait. Satan is calculating and clever. Sadly, most of us are far less […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

25 Years a Priest. And a Wondrous Answer to a Question Both Ancient and Modern.

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Today is the Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist. And twenty-five years ago today, on a blazing hot summer morning in Washington D.C. at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, I was ordained a priest. May I tell you a strange truth? I remember nothing of it. I  have seen footage of it, […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Facets of a Faithful Father – A meditation on the role of a priest at the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Sunday’s Feast of Corpus Christi brought the first Masses of seven new priests ordained here in Washington. I was privileged to preach the first Mass of one of them: Fr. Aaron Qureshi. Since the readings suggest a kind of threefold office for the priest (related to teaching, governing, and sanctifying), I thought it might be […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Are You a Mouse or A Man? A Homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In many places this Sunday, the (moved) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Our Lord is celebrated. While you may puzzle over my title for today’s blog, allow me to explain it a bit later. On a Solemn feast like this, many things occur that might be preached and taught. Allow […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Faith is a Matter of Hearing, not Seeing – As “seen” on TV

Friday, June 20th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

As we approach the Feast of Corpus Christi, I thought it might be a good idea to reflect again upon the reality that faith comes by hearing—faith is about what is unseen. This is especially important to remember when it comes to the Sacraments, since what our fleshly eyes see remains unchanged, but with our ears […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Seven Disciplines of Evangelization

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

The Lord Jesus sets forth a  plan for evangelization that is not just some sort of haphazard, shoot from the hip program in which he wanders about aimlessly. Rather, he had a plan to visit specific cities at specific times. And for each visit, He sent an entourage ahead of Him to prepare the town for His […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

What Does Jesus Mean by Hypocrisy? It’s More than You Might Think

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In the Gospel from Ash Wednesday’s  Mass, Jesus gives an extended teaching on the problem of hypocrisy. You can read it here: Matthew 6 – On Hypocrisy. In the modern age we have tended to reduce the idea of hypocrisy to duplicity. The modern notion is that a hypocrite is someone who says one thing […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Is the Church a Clubhouse or a Lighthouse? A Cruise Ship or a Battleship?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

OK, so the title asks two focal questions plainly enough. Let’s begin with the first,  “Is the Church a clubhouse or a lighthouse?” Many, it would seem, want the Church just to be a friendly place where people can gather. Many of these same people get angry when the Church shines the light of truth […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Greed: A Brief Meditation on One of the More Underreported Sins

Monday, June 16th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

One of the more underreported sins is greed. Too easily do we conclude that greed is always about “that other person over there,” who appears to have a little more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he is greedy, but I’m […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Some Plain Preaching About the Family on the Feast of the Holy Trinity

Sunday, June 15th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Every sermon ought to answer three questions: “What?”, “So what?”, and “Now what?”  There is a danger that on the feast of the Holy Trinity we could seek merely to describe the mystery and then sit down. But if so, there would still remain the question of what this mystery has to do with me […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

My God Is So High, You Can’t Get Over Him … A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Trinity

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

(N.B. This is part one of a sermon series wherein I explore the “why” of the Trinity. In Part Two I strive to explore the “so what” and “now what” of the teaching. Part two is here: Plain Talk about Family Life on the Feast of the Trinity). There is an old Spiritual that says, […] [Read the rest of this entry »]