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  • Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen Carefully to this Advent Message: ?You Need a Savior!?
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope , 11/30/2016

    “One of the goals of Advent (in many ways a penitential season) is to meditate on our need for a savior. In daily Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read lengthy passages from Isaiah and the other prophets, who speak boldly and bluntly about the people’s sin. Some of the passages are even a bit humorous. Here are a few: ... ”

  • Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen Carefully to this Advent Message: “You Need a Savior!”
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope , 11/30/2016

    “One of the goals of Advent (in many ways a penitential season) is to meditate on our need for a savior. In daily Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read lengthy passages from Isaiah and the other prophets, who speak boldly and bluntly about the people’s sin. Some of the passages are even a bit humorous. Here are a few: ... ”

  • The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 11/29/2016

    “The coming of Christ at Christmas was as an infant and thus we don't usually think of wedding imagery. Yet since the first coming of Christ has certainly already been fulfilled, we now focus more on His second coming, of which the first coming is a sacramental reminder. ... ”

  • Pondering the Approaching Feast of the Word Made Flesh
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 11/27/2016

    “As Catholics, we open Advent with the New Testament. We read its earliest pages, and the light shows brighter than ever as one covenant passes on and the New Covenant begins. The Groom has found his Bride. ... ”

  • Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope , 11/24/2016

    “The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think that we are only passively waiting for Him to come. It is not just that the Lord is coming to us; we are also journeying to Him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run, not walk, and hasten to greet Him as He draws near. ... ”

  • The King of Mercy
    Post by Rev. Paul Scalia, 11/17/2016

    “This week, as we anticipate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and the close of the Jubilee of Mercy, we reflect on how Christ combines kingship with mercy. ... ”

  • Rigidity Dog Whistle
    Post by Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, 11/16/2016

    “In a recent interview, Pope Francis said: “Sometimes I’ve found myself in front of people who are too strict, who have a rigid attitude. And I wonder: How come such a rigidity? Dig, dig, this rigidity always hides something: insecurity, sometimes even more. . . .Rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid.” He may have been unaware he was using a code word, to the chagrin of many faithful Catholics. ... ”

  • Avoiding Extremes - A Post-Election Reflection
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 11/13/2016

    “In the aftermath of the recent election I have noticed a tendency toward extremes. I'd like to point them out and counsel something of a via media. ... ”

  • In a Time of Strife
    Post by Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, 11/9/2016

    “Times like these make us look for useful lessons from the past. I’ve always thought that a fascinating – and instructive – exchange occurred during the signing of the 1978 Camp David Accords, brokered by President Jimmy Carter. Israel’s Menachem Begin and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat were two old soldiers and adversaries. As a break from the tense peace negotiations, Carter took them to the nearby Gettysburg Battlefield. They walked the path of Pickett’s Charge, which took place on the final day of the battle. Pickett’s heroic frontal assault against the Union army, ordered by General Robert E. Lee, was a pure disaster. The Confederates were forced to retreat, leaving thousands of dead behind. ... ”

  • For the Culture to Be Healthy the Church Must Be the Church
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 10/20/2016

    “This week I have been writing about the problems of our culture. Today I continue in that vein with a short reflection on the Church’s role, based on the animated short below. For indeed, the darkness and dysfunction of our times cannot be simply blamed on the world, the Church, too, bears a large share of the responsibility. ... ”

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