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  • 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...
  • Zeal is More Necessary Today than Ever True Zeal, That Is, Not a Mere Human Imitation of It

    09/28/2015 7:55:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Zeal is More Necessary Today than Ever – True Zeal, That Is, Not a Mere Human Imitation of It Msgr. Charles Pope • September 27, 2015 • One of the great virtues related to charity is zeal. Zeal is the ardor of charity; it is love burning brightly. It is a fiery love for God, for His gracious truth, and for the salvation of souls.Because of human fear, sloth, and self-seeking, zeal is rare. It is especially difficult to find in our present age, when relativism and “tolerance” are so prevalent. Both relativism and excessive tolerance are really little more...
  • Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All

    08/17/2015 7:43:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All Msgr. Charles Pope • August 16, 2015 • There are three evangelical counsels in Christianity: poverty, chastity, and obedience. Each, of course, presents challenges, but all are rooted in a similar goal: detachment. In obedience, God gives us the grace to free ourselves from pride and willfulness. In chastity, God gives us the grace to order and moderate our sexual passions according to our state in life, thereby reducing our obsession with their energy. And in poverty, God gives us the grace to suppress our greed and...
  • Humility is Hard

    08/10/2015 6:45:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Humility is Hard – A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility Msgr. Charles Pope • August 9, 2015 • 0 Comments 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.Let’s consider humility under a number of headings.I. The Foundation of Humility – Indeed, humility as a foundation is a good image, since by it we bow toward the earth or...
  • Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

    07/21/2015 8:34:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2015 • There 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 image of a fearless warrior in battle,...
  • Pondering Prudence and Its Parts A Reflection on the Sometimes-Misunderstood Virtue of Prudence

    05/07/2015 7:21:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Prudence and Its “Parts” – A Reflection on the Sometimes-Misunderstood Virtue of Prudence By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a follow-on to yesterday’s post on the spiritual work of counseling  the doubtful, I would like to say a little more about prudence.Prudence is often misunderstood by those who reduce it to mere caution or reluctance to act. It is true that sometimes prudence indicates caution and that hasty action is seldom prudent. However, sometimes it is prudent to act quickly. Having long discussions about the best way to put out a house fire before acting is not prudent. Quick, expedient action is the...
  • Fathers and Daughters Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today?

    03/26/2015 8:25:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today? By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe often speak today of the terrible toll that fatherless homes have on young boys. And this is true. Without a reasonably good (even though not sinless) model of manhood and responsibility, many boys lose their way. Fathers also play a large role in disciplining boys, especially as they grow older and become  stronger than their mothers.But missing fathers also bring forth terrible effects on many girls. Women, even young girls, certainly do seek and desire the love and appreciation of men and have...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Cardinal Virtues, Temperance

    03/14/2015 9:59:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CNA.com ^ | not given | CNA.com
    Temperance Or: Avoiding Ruin Throughout our lives, we will all have struggles against temptations for what we know to be detrimental to ourselves and others. Temperance is the virtue which counteracts these temptations. Temperance enables us to keep from doing what is wrong, even when we have strong feelings for it. In other words, temperance is what keeps us from sinning, even when we want to. Notice that temperance is the last of the cardinal virtues. That's because temperance is about maintaining the good, but you can only maintain the good if you already have some idea of what...
  • Tolerance Has Its Place, But Also Its Limits A Brief Consideration--a Widely Misunderstood Virtue

    03/12/2015 11:41:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Tolerance Has Its Place, But Also Its Limits – A Brief Consideration of a Widely Misunderstood Virtue By: Msgr. Charles PopeYesterday we discussed the intolerance of the very radicals who are forever calling for tolerance. A couple of people wrote in to indicate that they consider my stance duplicitous, since I likely support Archbishop Cordeleone’s stance requiring Catholic School teachers to demonstrate loyalty to Catholic teachings and promise not to teach to the contrary in Catholic schools. I do in fact support the good Archbishop. But I do not accept the charge of duplicity.Why? Because, as I hope to teach, tolerance is...
  • What is Piety and How Does the Modern Diminishment of it Spell Doom for Us?

    03/10/2015 8:13:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washngton ^ | 03-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is Piety and How Does the Modern Diminishment of it Spell Doom for Us? By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the modern world, the word “piety” has come to be associated with being religious. And while it does have religious application, its original meaning was far wider and richer. The English word “piety” comes from the Latin pietas, which spoke of family love and by extension love for one’s ancestors,  one’s country, and surely God. Cicero defined pietas as the virtue “which admonishes us to do our duty to our country or our parents or other blood relations.”For the ancient Romans,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series2015: Cardinal Virtues, Prudence

    03/05/2015 5:03:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicNewsAgency.com ^ | not given | CNA.com
    Prudence Smart Living Alright, let's review: we want to be happy, and we want to pursue goods in a way that will make us happy. This means we have to learn how to act well, which in turn involves an acquisition of virtue. If that sounds complicated, let me put it more simply: virtue is about doing the right things, and if we do the right things, we will become happy. But what is the first thing we need if we want to do the right thing? Well obviously, we need to know what the right thing to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015. Theological Virtues" Charity

    03/04/2015 2:57:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency.com ^ | not given | CNA.com
    Charity Or: Loving as God Loves The two terms "love" and "charity" are frequently used interchangeably, and with good reason, since the virtue of charity is in fact a kind of love. However, the two are not identical; not all forms of love are also charity. For example, we often hear expressions like, "I love hot chocolate," or "I love basketball," or even "I love America," and these kinds of love, while all good in themselves, still fall somewhat short of the love that is charity.What sort of love is charity, then? Quite simply, charity is the Love of...