“The Internet and mainstream press and propaganda machine of the Middle Ages”

That would be sermons. A group of scholars gathered at Harvard recently for a conference on “Preaching the Saints,” which offered a fascinating glimpse into the art of preaching from the Middle Ages. From the Harvard Gazette:  Theological and moral messages delivered centuries ago also help today’s scholars investigate the social content of the Middle [Read More...]

“This does not seem right to me”: when a priest uses someone else’s homily

I received the following e-mail this morning: Dear Deacon Greg: Today during Mass our pastor read your homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, with hardly a word changed and without acknowledging that someone else had written it. This is at least the third time this has happened, and it appears to me that [Read More...]

Shock: priest deported over homily

It happened in Zambia.  Details, from the National Catholic Reporter:  Zambian authorities deported a Rwandese Catholic priest after he was detained for two days and questioned for preaching about poverty and justice for the poor during a Mass. Edgar Lungu, minister of home affairs, confirmed that Father Viateur Banyangandora, pastor of the parish in Lundazi, [Read More...]

A sermon that made me sit up and go “Wow”

From Lutheran preacher and my Patheos blog neighbor Nadia Bolz-Weber.  This is one of those times when I  sat there and said to myself, in  awe and wonder and envy, “Man, I wish I’d written that.” A snip:  I had gone to New Orleans with an idea for a sermon on Mary Magdalen – a [Read More...]

Looking for a way to start Sunday’s homily? Here.

You can thank me later. Readings are here. [Read more...]

My Pentecost: tongues of flame, and the heat of a minor crucible

So, how was your Pentecost?  Here’s a window into the world of a deacon — or at least, this particular deacon. Last Sunday, my pastor and I agreed that he would preach the “high” Mass on Pentecost, since at that Mass he was going to be doing the confirmations for about a dozen adults.  (My [Read More...]

A question about preaching: What’s so funny?

Sunday, my pastor and I were sitting in the sacristy, listening to a visiting priest preaching on the 7th Sunday of Easter.  Evidently, he was keeping the congregation in stitches. This priest was a goldmine of winsome stories and wry observations — a few of his jokes were threadbare, and I’d heard them before, but [Read More...]

What did you hear?

In the comments on my homily this weekend, someone asked: Just curious, but I wonder how many Masses brought up Obama’s gay marriage declaration this week? Good question.  Did anyone out there hear anything about this from the pulpit this Sunday? If not, what did you hear?  (Amy Welborn asks that question a lot on [Read More...]

This may be a first: archbishop preaches in Rome basilica from an iPad

Details: Being a bishop means being no stranger to debates and challenges, but also knowing the joy of sharing the faith, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. “We know a little bit about controversy and dissension, but like (St.) Paul we know also the joy not only of having encountered the Lord, we also [Read More...]

Venerable Fulton Sheen?

I have a confession to make. Every Sunday, before I preach, I pray for help and guidance from three heavenly intercessors: the Virgin Mary, St. Stephen and…Archbishop Fulton Sheen. I know people are looking for miracles to have Fulton Sheen declared a saint; the fact that I am able to do what I do every [Read More...]


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