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…]

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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…]

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“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…]

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The Energizer Preacher: Florida pastor breaks world record for longest speech

Priests and deacons: try to break this record next Sunday and tell me what happens. From The Christian Post:  A Florida Pastor recently broke the Guinness world record for the Longest Speech Marathon by preaching a sermon that lasted 53 hours and 18 minutes from Friday to Sunday. Zach Zehnder, the 31-year-old pastor of theCross Mount [Read More…]

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Pope slams “rivalry, vainglory” in the Church

From Monday’s homily:  Taking a cue from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, the Pope noted that a bishop’s joy lies in seeing love, unity and harmony in his Church. “This harmony – he said – is a grace, which the Holy Spirit creates, but we must do our part, we must do [Read More…]

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Houston mayor criticizes subpoena of sermons

This story sparked a lot of discussion earlier in the week. Now, the mayor appears to be backing away from it. Details:  The city initially defended the demand. Houston’s Chief Policy Officer and Director of Communications Janice Evans told LifeSiteNews that “the subpoenas were issued to pastors who have been involved in the political campaign [Read More…]

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Houston, we have a problem: city subpoenas pastors’ sermons

Is this what we have come to? From The Houston Chronicle:  Houston’s embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in an unusual step, subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose the law and are tied to the conservative Christian activists that have sued the city. [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “If preachers have failed to sow hope, that sermon is useless…”

Wise words for all of us, from today’s homily:   The Gospel of the day speaks of Jesus approaching a funeral procession: a widow of Nain lost her only son. The Pope said that not only does the Lord perform the miracle of bringing her son back to life, he does something more, he is [Read More…]

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Fr. Mychal Judge’s last homily: 9/10/01

The now-famous first fatality of 9/11 delivered these remarks the day before he died, at FDNY Engine 73, Ladder 42, Bronx, NY.  *** Good morning, everyone.May the grace of God the Father, peace of God the Son, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.We come to this house this morning to celebrate renewal, rejuvenation, new [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Jesus has chosen sinners…he calls everyone!”

Some timely thoughts from Pope Francis in this morning’s homily:   Jesus is not a professor who speaks from the professor’s chair; rather, He goes among the people and lets them touch Him so that they can be healed. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass this morning at Santa Marta. Commenting on the day’s [Read More…]

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