Archbishop: Boring sermons are “unfair to God, unfair to the people”

When was the last time you heard an archbishop discuss preaching this way:  Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has urged Catholic priests to always prepare and think carefully about the content of their homilies, saying delivering “boring” sermons is unjust to God and the churchgoers. “It is unfair to God. It is unfair to the people. It [Read More...]

The son of a deacon, on preaching

And he happens to be a priest, Fr. Mark Knestout, of the Archdiocese of Washington. Actually, he’s part of a family that holds a unique place in American church history: the only family (so far as anyone knows) that has produced men in all three levels of Holy Orders.  His father, Thomas Knestout, was a [Read More...]

RIP Bill Graham, drama professor and teacher of preachers

From the Washington Post: William H. Graham, an acting director and teacher who led the drama department of Catholic University, directed and acted in plays at the Olney Theatre, and gave lessons to clergymen on preaching and politicians on public speaking, died Oct. 15 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. He was 87. [Read More...]

Announcing “Naked and You Clothed Me,” a second collection from “Homilists for the Homeless”

Some may remember that last year, Deacon Jim Knipper edited and published a collection of homilies and reflections for Cycle C, “Hungry and You Fed Me.”  The book featured work by (among others) James Martin, SJ; Richard Rohr, OFM;  and, um, me. Today, the second volume in the trilogy (eventually set to cover all three [Read More...]

“Courage with humility leads to true greatness”: a superb Columbus Day homily

Okay: I’m biased. But is there any bishop who preaches better than this? This comes from Brooklyn’s own Frank Caggiano, now Bishop of Bridgeport. He spoke at St. Patrick’ yesterday at Mass before the Columbus Day parade. No notes. No text. Pure heart. Click the video below. Homily begins at about 22:40. Video streaming by [Read More...]

Pope Francis on preaching

  Worth noting: [Read more...]

On words and The Word—UPDATED

Mary DeTurris Poust has a followup to yesterday’s cri de coeur on lackluster liturgy: Over and over yesterday, in response to my “Losing My Religion” post, many people tried to convince me that a bad liturgy shouldn’t matter all that much in my faith life. Some who don’t know me very well — or at [Read More...]

“If you speak ill of your brother, you kill your brother…”

From today’s homily, Pope Francis offers a message I really need to take to heart: He who speaks ill of his neighbor is a hypocrite who lacks the courage to look to his own shortcomings. Speaking during his homily at morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis focused on the fact that gossip [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Jesus is the Winner…”

That could be the phrase on a new bumper sticker. But it’s Pope Francis in this morning’s homily:  “Jesus is the Winner who has won over sin and death.” Those were the words of Pope Francis on Tuesday morning during his Homily at morning Mass. He was referring to the Letter of St. Paul to [Read More...]

Pope: “Let this be our prayer to the Lord: never kill your neighbor with words”

From today’s homily:  Where there is God there is no hatred, envy or jealousy, and there is no gossip that can kill. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily this morning as he celebrated Mass in the Casa Santa Marta after the summer break. The Pope first reflected on today’s liturgical [Read More...]


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