Boston’s O’Malley: “Say no to pessimism”

Some great stuff here, from Cardinal Seán O’Malley’s Chrism Mass homily yesterday: We gather for the annual oil change and tune up. The oils are the tools we use in the ministry we share, but just as important is our own tune up as we gather as presbyterate to recommit ourselves to follow Christ and [Read More...]

Digital preaching: podcasts gain popularity in Florida

I wonder if this could catch on in the Catholic world? Details:  More than a dozen Tallahassee churches are embracing the medium of podcasting in order to push their sermons and lectures beyond the pew, and the congregations are responding. Podcasts are audio files that can be heard on a number of devices, including computers, [Read More...]

Drawn to faith: an artist creates homilies in pen and ink

From The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  On the second Sunday of Lent, John Hendrix sits in one of the pews near the back of Grace and Peace Fellowship, a Presbyterian church housed in an old-style brick building with stained glass in green and orange, and a giant, golden organ pipe front and center. At first, Hendrix, [Read More...]

Using movie clips and songs to preach: “If it’s not engaging, they will check out”

Some preachers like to raise you up  on Eagles’ wings, especially when the Eagles in question are the rock band. From Omaha:  A church band played the Eagles’ song “Desperado” while pastor Bruce Davis preached on a winter morning. Davis tied the song’s lyrics — “You better let somebody love you, before it’s too late” [Read More...]

Egyptian government orders topics for Muslim sermons

Details:  Mosques across Egypt have witnessed the first Friday sermon on a set theme chosen by the government as part of newly introduced controls on Muslim places of worship. The policy is controversial in a country that is deeply polarised after the army overthrew President Mohammad Morsi last year after mass protests, amid deep resentment [Read More...]

“Smarmy”

That is how Pope Francis described some priests this morning in his daily homily, reminding those who are ordained to be attentive of their behavior. Summaries of his talks have become commonplace, thanks to the Vatican news service. But here is a rare video showing the pontiff in action today at the Casa Santa Marta [Read More...]

Want to be a better homilist? Loyola University offers online preaching course

You may remember that they offered this course last year.  Deborah Wilhelm contacted me over the holidays to let me know she’s offering another chance to hone your skills from home, starting later this month. Interested?  Details: Description Preaching improvement entails practice–and expert and peer response to that practice.  Alternating instruction, conversation, practice and feedback, [Read More...]

“The best preacher I ever had…”

He’s described by Pat Archbold:  As I thought about it, I kept coming back to one particular priest that week in and week out offered good solid preaching.  I realized that he was the best preacher I ever had.  So what about his preaching made it so good?  Well, no one particular thing.  I have [Read More...]

What do you preach to a church full of Jews on Christmas?

Photo: by Daniel Estrin This is pretty intriguing.  Who knew? Details:  On Christmas Eve, thousands of Christians from around the world flocked to Bethlehem to celebrate at the traditional birthplace of Jesus. But a few miles up the road at a church in Jerusalem, something unexpected took place at Midnight Mass: the church became crowded [Read More...]

“The scandal of preaching”

From today’s homily:  Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican this Friday morning, focusing his remarks on the attitude of some Christians who seem to be “allergic” to preachers and overly critical of those who proclaim the Gospel, suggesting that they are often afraid of letting [Read More...]