“These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc”

Incredibly, this Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Which means this marks the 30th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s remarkable speech commemorating that event. Written by Peggy Noonan—using the skills she honed writing at CBS News Radio—it still stands the test of time. Radio writers like to talk about how their medium occupies [Read More...]

Homily on the suicide of a priest: “Our God is merciful, loving, compassionate and forgiving”

You probably remember this story about the priest from Florida who took his own life. Below, the homily delivered at the priest’s funeral on Monday by Bishop Robert Lynch. There are three things that are for certain in every human life: birth, death and taxes. While we ourselves are responsible for the third, our taxes, our staunchly pro-life teaching [Read More...]

The ambo as an open tomb

A fascinating interpretation, via Bill Ditewig, from an interview with Bishop Tena Garriga, renowned expert on liturgical theology: The retired bishop stressed the role of preaching as critical to the ministry of the deacon. He referred first to the ancient liturgies, often in the catacombs, in which the episkopos would celebrate Mass over the bones of the martyrs. [Read More...]

“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...]