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  • Humility in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila

    07/10/2018 8:16:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-09-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Humility in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila Msgr. Charles Pope • July 9, 2018 • I have written before on humility in prayer as St. Augustine sets it forth. In today’s post I look to the same topic, but this time as St. Teresa of Avila presents it in her treatise The Way of Perfection.In setting forth her teaching, I have substantially reworked the order of her reflections. St. Teresa was able to see the “whole rose” of the topic, jumping from petal to petal without effort. I, being of a vastly inferior intellect and of far...
  • Pondering Isaiahs Advice to Close Our Eyes Lest We Look on Evil

    05/25/2018 7:37:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Isaiah’s Advice to Close Our Eyes Lest We “Look on Evil” Msgr. Charles Pope • May 24, 2018 • In this age of nearly instantaneous communication, there is an overwhelming amount of news and information available to us. There is nothing wrong with news and information, but each of us must decide how much exposure, in terms of time and content, is good for us. Not all “Breaking News!” is really that urgent. Too much news can distract us, overwhelm us, and provoke anxiety and anger. Further, the “news” is heavily filtered to feature what is bad, strange,...
  • A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

    05/21/2018 7:51:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit Msgr. Charles Pope • May 20, 2018 • On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given unto our mission to the ends of the earth. Among His gifts are the fruits of the Spirit which deserve our attention today.The Fruits of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Catechism and Tradition are drawn largely from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians where he writes,But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ...
  • What is Humility? What are Its Limits?

    04/30/2018 8:27:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-29-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is Humility? What are Its Limits? Msgr. Charles Pope • April 29, 2018 • This post is part of an occasional series on the virtuesAt its heart, humility is reverence for the truth about oneself. We are neither to esteem ourselves too highly nor despise ourselves as bereft of God’s gifts. By humility we acknowledge that we depend on God and the gifts of others but also that we are called to accept our gifts and then use them for others. None of us has all the gifts, but together, and from God, we have all the gifts....
  • Humility is Hard - A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility

    04/27/2018 8:10:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-26-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Humility is Hard - A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility Msgr. Charles Pope • April 26, 2018 • Pride is our most pervasive and serious sin. Humility is its antidote and the foundation of our spiritual life, and as the remedy to our most deep-seated pathology, it must be strong medicine. Humility is hard to swallow and has a lot of things it needs to work on.I. The Foundation of Humility – Humility as a foundation is a good image, because by it we bow toward the earth or soil (humus in Latin) and abase ourselves before God....
  • The Cardinal Virtues: Justice

    03/09/2018 8:13:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cardinal Virtues: Justice Msgr. Charles Pope • March 8, 2018 • Justice, Raphael SanzioAs we explore the cardinal virtue of justice, it is helpful to follow the schema of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae (II, IIae, qq. 57-122), where he treats it expansively. Because I am summarizing a large amount of material here, I have not included references for each specific point below. Please allow the previous citation of the Summa to serve for the entire post.The cardinal virtue of justice enables us to render to others what is due to them on a consistent basis....
  • The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude

    03/08/2018 7:49:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude Msgr. Charles Pope • March 7, 2018 • Fortitude, Pietro PeruginoIn exploring the cardinal virtue of fortitude, it is helpful to follow the schema of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae (II, IIae, qq. 123-140), where he treats it expansively. Because I am summarizing a large amount of material here, I have not included references for each specific point below. Please allow the previous citation of the Summa to serve for the entire post.Not only is fortitude a cardinal virtue, it is also one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gift...
  • The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence

    03/06/2018 8:20:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-05-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence Msgr. Charles Pope • March 5, 2018 • Last week we considered the seven deadly sins; this week we begin a series on the virtues. Traditionally, there are seven Christian virtues: the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude, and the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. There are also seven virtues (some of which are also in the previous list) that are specifically directed against the seven deadly sins. I will begin today with a consideration of the cardinal virtue of prudence.Prudence is often misunderstood as merely caution or hesitance in taking...
  • The Need for Two Pockets

    01/29/2018 8:18:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Need for Two Pockets Msgr. Charles Pope • January 28, 2018 • Like so many things in life, self-esteem needs to be balanced. The balance is between humility and pride. The following is attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim, one of the leaders of Hasidic Judaism in Poland in the late 1700s and early 1800s:Everyone must have two pockets so that he can reach into one or the other according to his needs. In his right pocket are to be the words, “For my sake was the world created,” and in his left pocket, “I am dust and ashes”...
  • Eyes that Are Humble - A Meditation on the Conversion of St. Paul

    01/26/2018 9:06:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-25-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Eyes that Are Humble - A Meditation on the Conversion of St. Paul Msgr. Charles Pope • January 25, 2018 • Today in daily Mass we read the well-known story of St. Paul’s conversion. There is a detail in the story that I have often pondered. Although I am speculating on the specifics, I think it ought not to be overlooked. Even my choice of the words “speculating” and “overlooked” (both of which refer to the eyes) indicate that we ought to “give an eye” to St. Paul’s eyes.As you probably recall, St. Paul was not just struck down...
  • A Brief Story About the Need for Prudence

    01/25/2018 8:14:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-24-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Story About the Need for Prudence Msgr. Charles Pope • January 24, 2018 • God speaks to us through many experiences and images. Sometimes there are differing layers of meaning and we must carefully and prudently discern what God is saying to us. Prudence is not the same as caution. Rather, it is the virtue that bids us, in each situation, to keep in mind our deeper call and final goal. Consider the following story:A man, walking through the forest saw a fox that had lost its legs, and wondered how it lived. Then he saw a...
  • On Priestly Discretion [Catholic Caucus]

    09/07/2017 7:54:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-06-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Priestly Discretion Msgr. Charles Pope • September 6, 2017 • To be discreet most commonly means to be careful, prudent, or circumspect, especially in terms of speech. The word discreet comes from Latin discretus, meaning separate or distinct. To be discreet is not to be secretive; it is to make a prudent discernment about what to say to whom and when to say it. Personal, private conversations ought to stay that way.For a priest, discretion is obviously essential. This is true not only because we hear confessions (in which case absolute secrecy is mandatory) but also because many...
  • Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

    06/16/2017 9:00:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together Msgr. Charles Pope • June 15, 2017 • The Virtues, by Raphael Sanzio, Vatican MuseumsThere is an important interplay and balance between the virtues that many modern minds set in opposition to one another. False dichotomies often prevail when the subtlety of virtues are lost or their meanings are grasped in simplistic or inaccurate ways.Consider three virtues that are related and which enable and moderate one other: fortitude, patience, and meekness. To most people, these virtues seem more opposed than related. Today, fortitude conjures up an...
  • A Summons to Humility in the Mystery of the Seven Thunders.

    05/04/2017 7:42:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-03-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Summons to Humility in the Mystery of the “Seven Thunders.” Msgr. Charles Pope • May 3, 2017 • In the Divine Office, we are reading some of the more terrifying passages from the Book of Revelation, related to the seven trumpets, seals, and bowls of wrath. There is also a reference to the underreported “seven thunders,” reminding us that there are some things that are not for us to know.Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and...
  • Two Pictures of Patience

    02/16/2017 8:41:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Pictures of Patience Msgr. Charles Pope • February 15, 2017 • The readings from Mass yesterday (Wednesday of the 6th Week of the Year) give two helpful images that call us to patience. Patience is a virtue through which we are willing to endure as we look for something better that will come to pass. The word comes from the Latin patior, which means “to suffer.” Thus the virtue of patience is the capacity or willingness to suffer some difficulty for a greater good rather than for immediate satisfaction. For example, we might be annoyed at someone’s behavior...
  • Sins Against Hope

    01/13/2017 9:11:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sins Against Hope Msgr. Charles Pope • January 13, 2017 • In yesterday’s post, we discussed the theological virtue of hope. This is the supernatural virtue whereby we confidently expect God’s help in attaining eternal life. The object of hope is not earthly things (e.g., better health, a higher-paying job), but rather God and the things awaiting us in Heaven. Hope pertains to things that are difficult but not impossible; we do not really need to hope for things that are at hand or easily obtained.Today, let’s ponder briefly some sins against hope. Expectation of God’s help must be...
  • Rescuing the Word Hope and Recovering Its Biblical Meaning

    01/12/2017 8:51:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Rescuing the Word “Hope” and Recovering Its Biblical Meaning Msgr. Charles Pope • January 11, 2017 • Hope (like love) is a word that needs to be rescued from a world that has overused and misused it for so long that its original meaning has been nearly lost. Hope has come to imply more of a vague wish for something. Sometimes it’s used as a substitute for the word “maybe.” For example, if a person says, “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow,” he likely means “I wish it wouldn’t rain” or “It’ll probably rain but it sure would be...
  • Infantile Nation: How Breeding Overgrown Children Begets the Nanny State

    12/27/2016 6:50:24 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 37 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 December 2016 | Selwyn Duke
    A United States naval midshipman, David Farragut, commanded a captured British vessel during the War of 1812 at age 12. Now major universities provide healing spaces with Legos, coloring books, Play-Doh, and puppies for students who cant handle Donald Trumps election victory.In 1798, Giocante Casabianca, who was 10 to 13, would not abandon his post without his commanders word, and perished on his ships fiery deck during the Battle of the Nile. Today, undergraduates demand protection from microaggressions, which can include statements such as America is the land of opportunity and Im colorblind! I dont see race.Calvin Graham became...
  • On the Virtue of Holy Silence . . . -- A Meditation on the Silence Imposed upon Zechariah

    12/16/2015 8:13:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese o Washington ^ | 12-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Virtue of Holy Silence Before the Mysteries of God -- A Meditation on the Silence Imposed upon Zechariah Msgr. Charles Pope • December 15, 2015 • As we move toward the conclusion of the Advent season, we ponder the events surrounding Christ's birth. The penultimate focus is the events leading up to the birth of St. John the Baptist, and in particular, the narrative of Zechariah and Elizabeth. While there are certainly many teachings to be drawn from this passage, there is value in pondering the imposition of silence upon Zechariah. This aspect of the story is particularly...
  • On Humility in Prayer

    10/28/2015 8:07:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Humility in Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • October 27, 2015 • Perhaps like you, I have to see people I love and care about through some difficult periods in their lives. One neighbor and parishioner recently lost her eight-year-old daughter to cancer. A number of my parishioners are seeking work and praying daily for it, but no employment offers have been forthcoming. Still others cry out for relief from any number of different crosses. I, too, have lots of things for which I pray; sometimes I get discouraged or even angry when God seems to say, “No” or, “Wait.”There...