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The Cycle of Violence and Retribution Ends with Me: A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

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

In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of retribution and hatred. When someone harms me, I may well experience anger. And in my anger I may seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, then Satan has earned two victories and brought the anger […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Of Our Guardian Angel and the Hidden Mercies of God, as seen in a Commercial

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

Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does he not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts, and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering? While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

What the Book of Proverbs has to say to us of the times in which we live

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

We are currently reading from the Book of Proverbs in the Office of Readings. In it are many good descriptions or maxims that state well what we who are believers and seek wisdom are up against. They have a lot to say of the times in which we live. I’d like to review a few of […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Some Standards and Concerns Jesus will NOT have on the Day of Judgment

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

We human beings tend to assess our relative status and success based on things like money, possessions, popularity, career, and power. Am I wealthy and well-connected? Do I have a large house with a great room, cathedral ceilings, granite counter tops, and numerous widescreen TVs (even in strange places like the bathroom)? Do I have a glamorous […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Biblical teaching on the use of colorful and harsh language.

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In the Gospel from last Sunday, the Lord warns of using uncivil and/or hateful words such as “Raqa” and “fool.” And yet the same Lord Jesus often used very strong language toward some of His opponents, sometimes calling them names such as vipers and hypocrites. We live in a world that often insists on the use of […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

What does Scripture mean by the term “The Flesh” ?

Monday, February 17th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

There are many references to “the flesh” in the New Testament, especially in the letters of St. Paul. The phrase confuses some who think it synonymous with the physical body or sometimes with sexual sin. It is true that there are many times when Scripture uses the word “flesh” to refer to the physical body, […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Two of the Most Basic Elements of Evangelization: The Message and the Plan

Sunday, February 16th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

One of the great blessings of being a Roman Catholic is to be a member of the church that is over 2000 years old has amassed a vast treasury of holy doctrine, wisdom, knowledge, sacred tradition, an enormous library of the writings and teachings of Saints and Holy Doctors, great movements, spirituals and liturgical traditions. […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

A Slide Show of Sanctity – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

In the Gospel for this Weekend’s Mass we are well into the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and today we cover a good deal of Chapter 5. In a way the Lord is drawing a picture for us of the transformed human person. He is presenting a kind of slide show of what sanctity […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

It’s Friday, But Sunday is Coming – As seen in a life and in a video

Friday, February 14th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Some years ago in a previous parish assignment, St. Thomas More, in Washington DC, I was accustomed to take a Friday afternoon walk to focus on my homily for Sunday. At the beginning of the walk I’d often stop by the nearby house of an elderly parishioner, Ms. Lillian, and give her communion. She was […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Imagine that! Men’s Brains are different (and bigger) than Women’s Brains.

Thursday, February 13th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

One of the more irritating experiences of living in the post rational and ideological modern age is that common sense is often overruled by the intransigent and pseudo-religious notions of ideologues. But every now and then some one in the media lets it slip that reality is still out there and has data to offer […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

Turning the Tables on Conventional Thinking For Better Evangelization.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

Every now and again I am blessed to gather with brother priests to discuss best practices and share pastoral experience. One of my diocesan brothers, Fr. Patrick Smith, Pastor at St. Augustine here in DC, often has memorable advice that tends to turn the tables on conventional wisdom and in effect shift the paradigms we […] [Read the rest of this entry »]

God’s Law is Personal

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
by Msgr. Charles Pope

There is a danger when we speak of God’s Law, to consider it as we might any secular law. For example, we may well consider secular law merely to be some sort of impersonal code written by some nameless legislators or bureaucrats. We have not met them, we do not know them, or necessarily love […] [Read the rest of this entry »]