Thursday, November 21, 2013

Good advice on preaching

Regis Martin, "Advice for Preachers on Sin and Satan" (Crisis, November 18, 2013):
I once knew a pastor whose homilies were so awful, so bone crushingly boring, that I’d swear he composed them in the time it took us to sit down after he’d finished reading the Gospel. In other words, three seconds flat.... Read more >>
Richard L. Russell, "On Pulling Punches from the Pulpit" (Crisis, November 6, 2013):
I am getting a sinking feeling that in this age of ideological political partisanship, bishops and priests are succumbing to excessive self-censorship and are failing to educate their parishioners on the fundamental tenets of the faith, and how politics can be informed by that faith. As Pope Francis noted in a daily homily, “A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern.” Far too many bishops, priests, and deacons seem to shy away from homilies about how Catholicism can inform public policy debates.... Read more >>
[Hat tip to Dr. Janet Smith]