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Just an Ordinary Word…or is it? On the Mystical Root of the word “consider.”

Monday, April 28th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Every now and then, a word just catches your ear and several times in the space of a day it jumps out at you and you’re tempted to say, “There it is again!” Yesterday it was the word “consider,” an ordinary, everyday word…or is it? Why did it suddenly strike me so? With my knowledge of […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Heaven is for Real. But some say the popular movie by this title seems little-related to the real Heaven, the real Jesus, or the real Scriptures

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

A recent popular movie entitled Heaven is for Real is probably well-intentioned, but according to some it taps into many modern errors related to death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. We have discussed in the past on this blog some of the many modern errors related to these issues. Chief among these modern errors is the […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Seek the Lord Where He May Be Found – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter

Saturday, April 26th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In today’s Gospel we see that the Risen Lord appeared to the apostles, who were gathered together in one place. The fact that they were gathered in one place is not without significance, for it is there that the Lord appears to them. One of them, as we shall see, was not in the gathering […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

“Attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” A brief meditation on spiritual growth, as seen in a video.

Friday, April 25th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

There is a saying in theological circles, “Grace builds on Nature.” It means a number of things: first, that grace perfects rather than destroys or replaces our nature. It also means that while grace opens our nature to the supernatural, it does not usually do so in freakish ways. We do not start leaping tall […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

At the Gate Called “Beautiful.” What the Miracle by Peter and John Teaches us about our Spiritual Journey

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

At the daily masses of the Easter Octave, we have been reading about, among other things, the story of a paralyzed man whom Peter and John encounter just outside the Temple at the Gate called “Beautiful.” This paralyzed man’s story is our story and as we read it we learn something of our own spiritual […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Why Was the Resurrection Such a Hidden Event?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

There is something of a hidden quality to the resurrection appearances that has always puzzled me. St. Peter gives voice to this hidden quality in Acts Chapter 10 when he says to Cornelius, “God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all people, but to […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Mary Magdalene’s Journey out of Fear to Easter Faith

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

As I have commented before, all the resurrection stories depict the Apostles and other disciples on a “journey” of sorts to understand the resurrection. A completely new reality was breaking into their world and challenging their understanding. Far from depicting the disciples as credulous, the texts describe them as shocked, troubled, and even quite dubious. […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Some Keys to Evangelization as Seen in a Record Number of Converts this Year in The Archdiocese of Washington

Monday, April 21st, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

There was an informative and helpful article in the Washington Post this Easter Sunday that demonstrates certain keys to success in evangelization. The focus of the article is the happy fact that the Archdiocese of Washington welcomed a record number of converts this year at the Easter Vigil. But the article also documents important factors […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

The Normal Christian Life – A Meditation on what the Resurrection does to change our lives.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

At the Great Easter Vigil, after a lengthy series of Old Testament readings, the lights come on full, the Gloria is intoned, and the opening prayer is sung. Then all are seated for the first reading from the New Testament, proclaimed in the new light of Easter glory. It is Romans 6, the opening text […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Jesus is Real to Me – A Meditation on the Easter Gospel

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Nearly all of the Resurrection accounts in the Gospels present the apostles and disciples on a journey to deeper faith. In stages, they come out of the darkness of despair and of this world into the light of faith. Matthew’s account (28:1-10), which is read at the Easter Vigil this year and can also be […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Four Immediate Results of the Death of Jesus on the Cross, according to Matthew

Friday, April 18th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Bringing our consideration of certain texts from the Matthean Passion Narrative to an end, let’s conclude with the immediate aftermath of Jesus’ Death and see what it has to teach us. There are essentially four immediate results that are described of Jesus’ death, and while they are historical happenings, they also signal deeper spiritual truths. […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Come Down from the Cross and We Will Believe. A Meditation on “Crucial” Decision by Jesus

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

 One of the most remarkable aspects of the crucifixion of Jesus is the humble reserve he displayed. As God, he had the power to end his suffering and humiliation in an instant. He had already reminded Peter, Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal […] [Read the rest of this entry »]