“O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in!”

I was intrigued to stumble upon an interesting factoid on Wikipedia this morning: Drew Faust, the president of Harvard University, who just released a statement condemning the Black Mass on her campus, is descended from the great Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards. Edwards is studied in classrooms around the world for his rafter-shaking sermon, “Sinners in [Read More...]

Pope Francis: What if Martians arrived tomorrow and wanted baptism?

The subject came up during his daily homily this morning: “Who are we to close the doors ” to the Holy Spirit? This was the question that Pope Francis repeated this morning during his homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, a homily dedicated to the conversion of the first pagans to Christianity. The Holy [Read More...]

“Every good homily always begins on your knees”

Photo by Michael Alexander/Georgia Bulletin Some wise words from Atlanta’s archbishop to a group of diaconate directors last week, from The Georgia Bulletin:  Speaking to a national convention of permanent diaconate directors in Atlanta, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said that priests and deacons may think it’s a modern problem to feel “utterly overwhelmed” in the [Read More...]

Papal preacher: “The Church must never look like a complicated and cluttered castle…”

I stumbled on this homily today, and it seems both appropriate and prophetic. It comes from the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa. It’s part of his Good Friday homily from last year:  We must do everything possible so that the Church may never look like that complicated and cluttered castle [described [Read More...]

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...]


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