“For we are walking on holy ground”: a great short video on preaching

Fr. James Martin posted this on his Facebook page, and it deserves a wider audience. Here, Fr. George Witt, pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City, offers his approach to homiletics. Take a look. Good, good stuff! [Read more...]

The Energizer Preacher: Florida pastor breaks world record for longest speech

Priests and deacons: try to break this record next Sunday and tell me what happens. From The Christian Post:  A Florida Pastor recently broke the Guinness world record for the Longest Speech Marathon by preaching a sermon that lasted 53 hours and 18 minutes from Friday to Sunday. Zach Zehnder, the 31-year-old pastor of theCross Mount [Read More...]

Pope slams “rivalry, vainglory” in the Church

From Monday’s homily:  Taking a cue from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, the Pope noted that a bishop’s joy lies in seeing love, unity and harmony in his Church. “This harmony – he said – is a grace, which the Holy Spirit creates, but we must do our part, we must do [Read More...]

Houston mayor criticizes subpoena of sermons

This story sparked a lot of discussion earlier in the week. Now, the mayor appears to be backing away from it. Details:  The city initially defended the demand. Houston’s Chief Policy Officer and Director of Communications Janice Evans told LifeSiteNews that “the subpoenas were issued to pastors who have been involved in the political campaign [Read More...]

Houston, we have a problem: city subpoenas pastors’ sermons

Is this what we have come to? From The Houston Chronicle:  Houston’s embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in an unusual step, subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose the law and are tied to the conservative Christian activists that have sued the city. [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “If preachers have failed to sow hope, that sermon is useless…”

Wise words for all of us, from today’s homily:   The Gospel of the day speaks of Jesus approaching a funeral procession: a widow of Nain lost her only son. The Pope said that not only does the Lord perform the miracle of bringing her son back to life, he does something more, he is [Read More...]

Fr. Mychal Judge’s last homily: 9/10/01

The now-famous first fatality of 9/11 delivered these remarks the day before he died, at FDNY Engine 73, Ladder 42, Bronx, NY.  *** Good morning, everyone.May the grace of God the Father, peace of God the Son, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.We come to this house this morning to celebrate renewal, rejuvenation, new [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Jesus has chosen sinners…he calls everyone!”

Some timely thoughts from Pope Francis in this morning’s homily:   Jesus is not a professor who speaks from the professor’s chair; rather, He goes among the people and lets them touch Him so that they can be healed. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass this morning at Santa Marta. Commenting on the day’s [Read More...]

On preaching: let the message be God’s, not yours

Last weekend, I gave a talk to deacons in Cincinnati about the “7 Habits of Highly Successful Preachers,” and I’m happy to see two of them spotlighted here: prayer and preparation. From The Catholic Register:  “I really am encouraging priests, deacons, liturgical preachers to take time,” said Fr. Joseph Mele, author ofThe Sacred Conversation: The Art [Read More...]

“We are all pearls”: a deacon’s homily for this Sunday

A deacon friend sent me his homily for today. It’s extraordinary and, I think, deserves a wider audience. I post it here with his permission. I hope it will resonate with many.  ++ My good friend, Father Hilarion has a saying that goes like this… Everyone who comes into your life is a blessing. Some [Read More...]