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Liturgy Lines: The Voice and the Ear

Communicating the word is a two way process which requires attentive listeners for it to be effective.

Ordinations, Culture, and Following Christ

The ideal image of clergy as those who draw others in and then get out of the way, pointing to the living God, not themselves… Our North American culture is so pathologically about a reality that is only ‘me’, particularly the ‘me’ who consumes, controls, and manages, that I experienced a moment of hopelessness that any of this made sense in 2017.

What is the Church? A reflection on the readings for Friday during the Easter Octave

“What is the Church?”

Simon Peter said to the other disciples, “I am going fishing.”

Simon Peter, the passionate. “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”

Simon Peter, the spokesman. “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Simon Peter, the failure….

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Ars Praedicandi: The Untamed God of Easter

Preparing a homily: “The guards were shaken with fear…and became like dead men.”

Ars Praedicandi: Ed Foley’s Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A

That fact that such a quick fix approach
is rampant among preachers and bloggers.
Is evident to me in the number of them
who suggested preaching on the text “Amazing Grace”
with its “once I was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.”
Is it really that simple?
And if not,
what is the alternative to quick fix Sunday?

Ars Praedicandi: Jena Thurow’s Reflection for the Feast of St. Patrick

In the reading of the Confessions that we just heard, Patrick writes about “spending himself” in Ireland – in a land in which, though it and its people were foreign to him, he served as a witness…yet he constantly rejoiced and gloried in the name of the Lord.

Ars Praedicandi: Reflection from the Thursday after Ash Wednesday

“So as this Lent approached, I asked myself: How will I get through this Lent?”

Ars Praedicandi: Ed Foley’s Homily for the First Sunday of Lent, Year A

Maybe that is the new temptation:
Dismissive tweets displacing apples or bread,
pinnacles and parapets.

Ars Praedicandi: Preaching and “Themes”

“Themes” in preaching the seasons: A good idea all of the time? A good idea some of the time? A good idea none of the time?

Pope Francis on Lenten Fasting

Fast from words and be silent—so you can listen.