Must-read: The preacher as “servant to dialogue”

Some rich and compelling ideas on preaching, from Fr. Michael Cummins over at Word on Fire:  For preaching to be effective, the preacher must be in dialogue with Christ and in dialogue with the community of the Church.  The preacher must know Christ and allow himself to be known by Christ fully.  The preacher must [Read More...]

Pope Francis talks to Rome’s priests about liturgy, preaching

From CNS:  The liturgy should help the faithful enter into God’s mystery and to experience the wonder of encountering Christ, Pope Francis told priests of the diocese of Rome. People should feel the wonder and allure “that the apostles felt when they were called, invited. It attracts — wonder attracts — and it lets you [Read More...]

Why Catholic preaching has gotten better

One priest lays out his argument, beginning with the new lectionary: The new lectionary has brought back the Old Testament to a more fitting position. The readings in the Missal of Saint John XXIII were pared down to a rare degree, and this had the unfortunate effect of impoverishing the preaching. Indeed the preaching sometimes [Read More...]

Vatican: homilies should not be improvised entertainment

From The Catholic Herald:  Archbishop Arthur Roche has said that homilies preached in Mass must not be improvised and used as a form of entertainment. The Archbishop’s comments came as he presented new directives for the Church on the preaching of the homily in Mass today at the Vatican. Archbishop Roche, the former Bishop of [Read More...]

“This is the mission of the Church: to heal the wounded hearts, to open doors, to say that God is good…”

Highlights of the pope’s homily today, from Vatican Radio: The Church must proclaim the Gospel “in poverty” and the people proclaiming it must have the sole aim of alleviating the miseries of the poor, never forgetting that this service is the work of the Holy Spirit and not of human hands. At Mass on Thursday [Read More...]

How not to preach

That’s the provocative—and very accurate—title of an essay in the current issue of America magazine by John J. Conley, S.J. Good advice, through and through, concluding with: Permit me to offer two positive counsels to preachers. First, fall in love with God’s word in Scripture. Let the great hymn of creation, fall and redemption become [Read More...]

Fr. Rutler: “Diaconal preaching is essentially non-liturgical” —UPDATED

A certain deacon, preaching “in the presence of priest,” on Gaudete Sunday. The noted priest offers some thoughts on preaching in Aleteia:  Preaching will be inadequate if it is an afterthought or incidental to the liturgy. It never occurred to the Fathers of the Church that preaching was anything other than the chief duty, Primum Officium, [Read More...]

“For we are walking on holy ground”: a great short video on preaching

Fr. James Martin posted this on his Facebook page, and it deserves a wider audience. Here, Fr. George Witt, pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City, offers his approach to homiletics. Take a look. Good, good stuff! [Read more...]

“We are all pearls”: a deacon’s homily for this Sunday

A deacon friend sent me his homily for today. It’s extraordinary and, I think, deserves a wider audience. I post it here with his permission. I hope it will resonate with many.  ++ My good friend, Father Hilarion has a saying that goes like this… Everyone who comes into your life is a blessing. Some [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...]