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 […]
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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.
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.
To suggest that I am unenthusiastic about being in the pulpit this morning after such a shocking and chaotic week is an understatement…
Jesus begins his parable with a question: “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” In fact nobody with an ounce of shepherding sense would leave ninety-nine sheep alone in the desert in order to look for a single missing one. Even the most basic form of risk assessment would tell you that this is a very, very, very bad idea.
I was asked to preach at a Vespers service at the Institute for Church Life here at Notre Dame last week, and they very kindly hosted the reflection on the Church Life website. The topic is the Easter season for those of us in academic life, who are extremely rushed right now. “Easter in the […]
This Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Easter, churches throughout the diocese will hear a CD recording of the bishop speaking on behalf of the Annual Catholic Appeal.
The great English metaphysical poet John Donne, wrote one of his most famous poems, Upon the Annunciation and Passion Falling Upon One Day, 1609.
That the Vatican’s own newspaper would dedicate so much space to the issue of women preachers is intriguing.