Msgr. Charles Pope

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Thoughts on the miracle of life, as we march

I want to consider today the extraordinary miracle of human life. It has been like a dagger in my heart that sixty-three million children have died in this country as a […]

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A meditation on honor

Back in 2014, I celebrated one of the most remarkable funerals of my 30-plus years as a priest. With the body present, I sang a Requiem Mass for a man […]

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Your life is not about you, as illustrated in a biblical story

The Acts of the Apostles sets forth an event that amounts to a tale of one Church in two cities or regions. It illustrates well a couple of points: that […]

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Do you fear the right thing? 

In the wake of the COVID-19 explosion of fear, we do well to begin reflecting on fear. Fear is a complex passion. On the one hand, there are things that […]

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Why did Christ’s glorified body still have wounds?

Several of the Resurrection accounts stress that Jesus showed the disciples His wounds. On one level, we can understand that He was trying to make clear to them that the […]

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A more awful thing: Jesus’ lament on the culture of death 

In the Stations of the Cross, Jesus says a rather extraordinary thing. He addresses it to the women who have gathered to lament Him: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep […]

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Lenten assignment: Be grateful

True gratitude is a grace, or gift, from God. It proceeds from a humble and transformed heart. We do not render thanks merely because it is polite or expected or […]

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On the lost art of “pairing ‘em up” and its effects on marriage today

One of the more common concerns that young adults express to me is the difficulty in meeting and dating. Once adulthood is reached, of course, the purpose of dating is […]

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How does idealism and perfectionism negatively affect marriage?

The Church chose the week leading up to Valentine’s Day to focus on and honor marriage. I hope to produce a series of articles on that topic. We begin with some […]

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An Advent meditation on the paradox of God’s power

One of the great cries of Advent is for God to rend the heavens and come down. (Is 64:1) for Him to stir up His mighty power and come to […]

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A meditation on the dramatic battle in which we live

A grave deficiency of modern times is the loss of the sense that our lives are caught up in a tremendous, epic battle. Yet here we are living in the midst […]

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What conscience dreads and prayer dares not ask

The Collect, or Opening Prayer, for last week’s Masses on the 27th Week of the Year, though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things […]