What did you hear?

In the comments on my homily this weekend, someone asked: Just curious, but I wonder how many Masses brought up Obama’s gay marriage declaration this week? Good question.  Did anyone out there hear anything about this from the pulpit this Sunday? If not, what did you hear?  (Amy Welborn asks that question a lot on [Read More...]

This may be a first: archbishop preaches in Rome basilica from an iPad

Details: Being a bishop means being no stranger to debates and challenges, but also knowing the joy of sharing the faith, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. “We know a little bit about controversy and dissension, but like (St.) Paul we know also the joy not only of having encountered the Lord, we also [Read More...]

Venerable Fulton Sheen?

I have a confession to make. Every Sunday, before I preach, I pray for help and guidance from three heavenly intercessors: the Virgin Mary, St. Stephen and…Archbishop Fulton Sheen. I know people are looking for miracles to have Fulton Sheen declared a saint; the fact that I am able to do what I do every [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“It was good. I dozed off, though. Don’t take so many pauses.” – My wife, answering the weekly question after Mass, “What did you think of my homily?” [Read more...]

Preaching on contraception: “You have to make sure people know you’re being compassionate”

Several years ago, a newly ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Washington took it upon himself to preach one Sunday on the topic of contraception.  He reminded the congregation of the Church’s teaching on the subject, acknowledged that there were probably many in the pews that morning who did not follow it, and suggested that [Read More...]

Dolan: “I asked Jesus to help me fight the same temptations he did”

The new cardinal of New York gave a stemwinder of a homily Saturday night — repurposing some material from the homily we’d heard on Thursday — and it’s just too good not to share.  Looking for something to kickstart your Lent?  Take 20 minutes and watch one of the greatest preachers in the American church.   [Read More...]

When was the last time you heard a homily like this? — UPDATED

It’s passionate.  It’s political.  And it’s angry. I’m curious to hear what people think. Give a listen. UPDATE: For another perspective, it’s instructive to read Blessed John Paul’s 1993 statement “Priests Do Not Have A Political Mission,” which notes: The presbyter’s right to express his own personal choices is limited by the requirements of his [Read More...]

Tailoring the message: how preachers adapt to different audiences

From Abilene, KS comes this intriguing look at how preachers of various denominations — including Catholic — sometimes adjust their sermons, depending on the congregation: For churches with more than one Sunday worship service, the sermon doesn’t change much from one service to the next. While the basic message stays the same, there are subtle [Read More...]

“Pray, prepare, practice…”

Several months ago, the folks at Deacon Digest asked me if I might have anything interesting to contribute to a special issue devoted to preaching. Well, I didn’t. But they printed it anyway. Now you can find that essay — “Pray, Prepare, Practice: How I Put Together My Homilies” — here at Patheos.  A snip: [Read More...]

Bishop accused of inciting hatred with homily

Given the state of the Church in Ireland these days, I have to wonder how this will turn out.  Details: A homily delivered at Knock shrine by the Bishop of Raphoe, Philip Boyce, is being investigated by the Director of Public Prosecutions following a formal complaint by a leading humanist who claims the sermon was [Read More...]


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