06 December 2020

Msgr. Pope on Life and Risk Taking

"In the video below, a comedy routine from Mad TV shows how many modern notions were non-existent even just fifty years ago. In the sketch, a pregnant mother drinks a martini and smokes a cigarette; children ride bikes without wearing helmets. Of course, like a lot of comedy, the topic is taken to excess for effect.

"Nevertheless, most of us who are older grew up in a 'dangerous' world and managed to survive.. . . 

"The spiritual point I would like to make is one of moderation. I am not recommending that pregnant women drink or smoke. I am not saying that children should stop wearing bike helmets or that seatbelts are unimportant. Rather, I caution against prioritizing safety concerns to the degree that we become too fearful. Life involves risks, and there is no such thing as complete safety."

In a recent commentary, Monsignor Charles Pope (pastor of Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Parish, Washington, DC) reflected on how, in order to live we must take certain risks and on how a "life too obsessed with dangers and too constrained by artificially imposed limits can smother and restrict."

To access Msgr. Pope's complete post, please visit:

Community in Mission: A Survivor of a Once Dangerous World (17 NOV 20)

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