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  • Kindess is not the same as Love

    10/17/2013 3:43:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 16, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In yesterday’s post we pondered that being holy is more than being nice. Today we do well to ponder that that being loving is not the same as being kind.Here too we live in a reductionist culture that has tended to reduce love to kindness. The results are often quite problematic as we shall see.Kindness is a very great thing and has an important place in our relationships. Kindness is evidenced by goodness and charitable behavior, a pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others. According to Aristotle, kindness is an emotion manifesting itself by the desire to help somebody in need,...
  • The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah is not about “Hospitality”

    12/05/2012 2:30:46 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Late last week on the blog I made mention of the sins that “cry to heaven for vengeance.” The traditional list, is summarized in the Catechism which states The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner (# 1867).It probably does not surprise you that I got push-back from certain homosexuals who wrote in to “remind” me that the sin of Sodom “has nothing...
  • Recovering God’s Plan for Marriage and Family: A Sermon on the Feast of the Holy Family

    12/30/2012 1:10:04 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 29, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Here in the middle of the Christmas Octave, the Church bids us to celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. On the old calendar, the feast of the Holy Family falls on the Sunday after Epiphany, which makes some sense. For it is a bit odd to read a gospel portraying Jesus as 12 years of age, a mere 5 days after his birth. And then, next week, we revert back to a Gospel where he is an infant, on the Feast of Epiphany.Click here to hear a recording of this sermon Nevertheless, here we are. Perhaps, it is a...
  • “Been in the storm so long Children….” The need to cultivate serenity in the midst of a culture war

    08/14/2012 2:51:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 13, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is little doubt that a kind of cultural war is being waged on many different fronts: abortion, euthanasia, the family, marriage, rampant divorce, cohabitation & fornication, homosexual activity, gay “marriage,” militant secularism and atheism, religious liberty, and so on.While some may not like the image of war, the conflicts are so deep and intense, the tensions so live and the sides so clearly marked that we can little avoid the term.In the midst of such a war however, we Christians and cultural warriors can too easily acquire an acerbic, hostile and cynical attitude, even with each other. We become...
  • ...on the day of judgment: A Reflection on the Sin of Gossip

    09/21/2011 8:43:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-11 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken….” A Reflection on the Sin of GossipBy: Msgr. Charles Pope One of the more under-rated categories of sin are the sins of speech. There are many ways we sin, but perhaps the most common way is by speech. Too easily, almost without thought, do we engage in gossip, idle chatter, lies, exaggerations, harsh attacks, uncharitable observations and remarks. With our tongue we can spread hatred, incite fear and maliciousness, spread misinformation, cause temptation, discourage, teach error,...
  • On The Spiritual Attack of our Converts and What to Do About It (Catholic Caucus)

    05/05/2011 5:34:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/4/2011 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Back just before Holy Week I read an interesting and provocative essay by Jennifer Fulwiler at the National Catholic Register. It is about the need to more clearly instruct Catechumens and those being received into the Church about spiritual attack. Plain and simple, the devil wants to destroy the faith of those who have newly entered the Church. And we need to be sober about this. Being sober does not mean we are in a panic. It merely means we are alert and have a mind that is clear as to the possibility, even the likelihood that the Devil will...
  • On the Dying of Europe and the Questions We Cannot Fail To Ask

    03/01/2011 7:32:30 AM PST · by Mad Dawg · 8 replies
    The Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/28/2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In this post I would like to ponder the apparent dying of Europe and what God might be teaching us. I would first like to present some information and then reflect as to what God might be teaching us. The Pope has remarked that the lights are going out in Europe. The Christian faith has largely been forsaken by Europeans (only about 10% go to Mass and in many places over 60% describe themselves as atheists). Birth rates have plummeted to death-wish levels, and Europeans are slowly being replaced by Muslim immigrants who have a much higher birth rate. It...