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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: Martha, Mary, Lazarus

What was it like for Lazarus, Martha, and Mary? Let’s start with the women’s experiences.

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?

“What a Bishop Might Want to Know” – and What Pope Francis Knows

“The young bishop gained a reputation for charm and humor; he became a frequently sought-out speaker for any function, secular or religious.”

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.

New Resource Site, “Preaching and Worship”

A new ecumenical website with helpful search filters for accessing resources for preaching and preparing liturgies

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Review of A Handbook for Catholic Preaching

Foley, Edward, gen. ed., with Catherine Vincie and Richard Fragomeni, ass. eds. A Handbook for Catholic Preaching. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2016. Cosponsored by The Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics and The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, A Handbook for Catholic Preaching is an extraordinary resource. It provides in concise yet comprehensive format […]

Ars Praedicandi: Preaching the Beatitudes

We have two homilies to share today in the Pray Tell feature, Ars Praedicandi. Although both were delivered on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, using the same lectionary readings (Year A), each is unique—not only by virtue of the fact that they were delivered to different assemblies and in different places, but also in how they carry out their purpose. Seeing them side by side therefore gives us an opportunity to look at craft and style as well as content.

Ars Praedicandi: Holy Family as Model (?)

All too often we are being asked to imitate culturally and historically conditioned icons of the family that are retrojected onto a particular first-century family in Nazareth without much regard for what the Gospels actually tell us about that family.