In spite of all the scandals, it’s nice to know that the Catholic Church still accomplishes its’ divine mission.

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There is probably never a moment during the day in which Mass is not being celebrated somewhere on this planet, where the Liturgy of the Hours is not being celebrated. At every moment, Catholic school bells ringing, the poor and sick attended to by the Church, confessions being heard, counsel being given.

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Editor’s note: Msgr. Charles Pope provides a much needed look at all the good things the Catholic Church continues to accomplish in the world. The short video is both inspiring and informative. And all this has been going on virtually nonstop, 24/7 and 365, for the last 2000 years!

Pope reflects on Psalm 136 and Jesus at the Last Supper

Alleluia.

Praise the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Praise ye the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who alone doth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who made the heavens in understanding: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who established the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who made the great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever. The sun to rule the day: for his mercy endureth for ever. The moon and the stars to rule the night: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who smote Egypt with their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever. With a mighty hand and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who divided the Red Sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever. And brought out Israel through the midst thereof: for his mercy endureth for ever. And overthrew Pharao and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who led his people through the desert: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever. And slew strong kings: for his mercy endureth for ever. Sehon king of the Amorrhites: for his mercy endureth for ever. And Og king of Basan: for his mercy endureth for ever. And he gave their land for an inheritance: for his mercy endureth for ever. For an inheritance to his servant Israel: for his mercy endureth for ever. For he was mindful of us in our affliction: for his mercy endureth for ever. And he redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. Give glory to the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever. (136:27) Give glory to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

(Psalms 136:1-26)

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What are Attachments, and What Are They Not?

On Sunday we heard a Gospel about two men, who finding a treasure and a pearl, went and sold all that they had to have those treasure. Of course the treasure and the pearl were images for the Kingdom of Heaven. Thus selling all they had was a sign of radical freedom from attachments to this world.

For most of us, attachments are THE struggle that most hinders our spiritual growth.

An attachment is a willed seeking of something finite for its own sake. It is an unreal pursuit, an illusory desire. Nothing exists except for the sake of God who made all things for Himself. Any other use is a distortion.

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A short description of the true nature of Catholicism

Catholicism contains the fullness of all God’s revelation, truth, power and grace … all clearly explained … translated into a particular, highly successful philosophy of life … represented on holy altars every hour of every day, every day of every year, in virtually every nation on earth … for the glory of God … and for the hope of the world … by none other than Jesus Christ, himself.

Series of four inspirational articles about Heaven isn’t quite Catholic, but pretty close.


New Heaven and New Earth united (Part 1)

Heaven a secret? (Part 2)

Heaven — God’s home and man’s destiny (Part 3)

Heaven — we were made for planet earth (Part 4)


Glory, Love, Grace … and the Catholic Church


God is pure being, without beginning or end, the one whose essence is existence, the only one who can truthfully call Himself “I am who am” (Ex 3:14).

He is so awesomely beyond and above us that our only appropriate response is: “Glory!” He is also the Creator of everything else that exists, all of which depends completely and utterly upon Him. Again, “Glory be to God!” And He is a Trinity of burning love, by His very nature impelled to share Himself in love with others, whom He has created simply to be loved, to know what it means to be in love. Once again, “Glory!”

Finally, to draw us into this ecstasy of love, He makes Himself present to us through the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. And after Jesus Christ came into the world, taught us everything we needed to know about the Father, established His Church and prepared for His final act of obedience to the Father’s will, what does He say to the Father about His purpose and the purpose of His disciples? He says it is all for the glory of God. Read Saint John’s Gospel:

I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do; and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made. I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word. Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine; all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them. (Jn 17:4-10)

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Heaven!


“Heaven is God’s ideal, the repose of His intellect.  Let us add: it is the repose of His heart.  The heart goes further than the mind.  It has aspirations and impulses, unknown to genius, which go beyond all the bounds of inspiration and thought…  The transports that the divine vision will arouse in the elect will make their hearts superabound in the most unutterable joys; it will be a flood of delights and raptures, life in its inexhaustible richness and the very source of all good and all life.  It will be, as St Augustine goes on to say, like a gift from God of His own Heart, so that we may love and rejoice with all the energy of the love and joys of God Himself… The contemplation of God will not mean immobility but, above all, activity, an ever-ascending progression, where movement and repose will be bound together in ineffable harmony… They will go from glory to glory, from joy to joy…

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What is the purpose of salvation?

Q: What is the purpose of salvation?

What do you get from salvation in Christ? What do you get out of it? Do you live a good life and go to heaven? I mean, is that it? What about in Revelation, where they talk about the new heaven and the new earth, where humans will have new bodies? Anyone know about this? How can people come back from the dead and live on earth, when on the earth you are temporal beings, that will eventually die? What is the point of coming back from the dead?

A: Salvation is a form of eternal life. The BEST form.

God promises to share everything he is and everything he has with those who love him, subject to virtually NO limitations.

At the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, the earth as we now know it, will be transformed into something like the glory of heaven, as will our mortal bodies.

The dead will be instantly resurrected. The living will be instantly transformed.

Suitably equipped and provisioned by God, man will be judged, and the “saved” will exist for eternity with God on the newly renovated earth, in glorified bodies (thought to be much like Jesus’ resurrected body) that are compatible with both heavenly and earthly realities.

No more sin. No more death. No more suffering. Eternal life in the Kingdom of God, just as was always intended.

Liberal Catholic nonsense that’s become commonly accepted by clergy and laity alike

“God does not ask us to be successful.
He only asks us to have faith!”


“We have already won the battle,
so it’s only a matter of time!”


N O N S E N S E ! ! !

God expects us to use all the grace and all the talents
that he provides, for his greater glory,
holding nothing back, and never doubting
the power and efficacy of divine providence.

Coming in “second” to the forces of evil
does nothing to enhance God’s glory,
to advance the causes of the Kingdom of God,
or to alleviate the human suffering caused by sin.

Only when we are centered in the express will of God,
fortified by his grace, and absolutely committed to doing his will,
no matter the cost, can we be absolutely assured of success.


T H I S  I S  T R U E  F A I T H .

The Apostles built the Church on faith like that.

Failure is God’s way of telling us that we do not really know him.
Not knowing God, we do instead what we think is right …
and we fail …
suffering all the bitter consequences … for nothing.

Worse than that, we might also end up in Hell!

Consistent prayer and study, along with full, active, and faithful
participation in ALL the work, worship, sacraments
and devotions of the Catholic Church
is how we typically come to know and love God,
and successfully discern his will for our life.


God is not glorified by failure … nor are we.

God provides everything we need to succeed.

God expects us to succeed. For him. Not us.

In fact, his judgment demands it!

A parable:

Matthew 25:14-30 For even as a man going into a far country called his servants and delivered to them his goods;  And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.

And he that had received the five talents went his way and traded with the same and gained other five.  And in like manner he that had received the two gained other two. But he that had received the one, going his way, digged into the earth and hid his lord’s money.

But after a long time the lord of those servants came and reckoned with them. And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents. Behold I have gained other five over and above.  His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me. Behold I have gained other two. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

But he that had received the one talent, came and said: Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown and gatherest where thou hast not strewed.  And being afraid, I went and hid thy talent in the earth. Behold here thou hast that which is thine.

And his lord answering, said to him: Wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sow not and gather where I have not strewed. Thou oughtest therefore to have committed my money to the bankers: and at my coming I should have received my own with usury.

Take ye away therefore the talent from him and give it him that hath ten talents. For to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, that also which he seemeth to have shall be taken away.

And the unprofitable servant, cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

In the above passage, the faithful servants knew their master, they knew what their master expected of them, they put to good use the training and talents they were given, and they invested them profitably, obtaining appropriate rewards for themselves, and for their master.

The facts, in the words of Jesus Christ:

Matthew 7:14-23 How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

By their fruits you shall know them.

Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.

Here, Jesus warns us of false prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Having been forewarned, he expects us to be able to recognize and choose only what is good. If we fail, we might end up in hell.

That’s just the way it is. All the more reason to succeed!

Now you know what God expects. Don’t believe the nonsense, whatever the source!

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On the “Beauty” of Dying

By: Msgr. Charles Pope

As a priest it has been my privilege to accompany many on their final journey as they prepare for death. Some have gone quickly others have lingered for years in nursing homes. From a pure worldly perspective death seems little less than a disaster and a cause for great sadness. But from a perspective of faith there is something “beautiful” going on. I know you may think it bold that I describe it this way but in the dying process something necessary and beautiful is taking place. It is born in pain but it brings forth gifts and glory if we are faithful.

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Life After Death

The Prophet Daniel and the Beauty of Death

Catholics- Why erect statues of Mary and saints which are less important than Father Son Holy spirit?

Q: Catholics- Why erect statues of Mary and saints, which are less important than Father Son Holy Spirit?

A: Every one of the saints is in heaven, so every one of the saints serves as an inspiration to current day Christians.

And since all of the saints got to heaven by means of cooperating with God’s grace, and by that grace alone, every saint gives glory to God, the one who created him/her.

The saints also prove that Jesus did not die in vain, that God keeps his promises, and that his promises apply to every Christian, in every age.

And since the lives of the saints were typically not easy ones, Christians are suitably inspired to persevere in their faith and in God’s grace, until the end, no matter what.

That is the message of the whole Bible … for every man or woman of God … salvation according to the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ … our Lord and Savior … the one on whom all Catholic worship and all Catholic living is centered.

What role do saints play in Catholicism?

Q: What role do saints play in Catholicism?

A: Saints are the success stories of Christianity … the people who have already “made it” to Heaven.

And if THEY could do it, than by God, WE can, too!

And once Heaven has been obtained, Christ promises that the saints will rule and reign with him, as co-heirs.

This is why Catholics believe in the power of saintly intercession. Not to take anything away from Jesus … but to reflect his glory through the ultimate perfection of his creatures … who are the saints in Heaven … the Blessed Virgin Mary being first among them, in the order of God’s grace.