Category Archives: Fulfilled in Your Hearing

FIYH 81-83: More Method

It was Sacrosanctum Concilium that described the ideal experience of liturgy for worshippers: inspiration that the Christian life may be more evident and better lived in the world outside of liturgy. Where the homily is concerned, the preacher is charged … Continue reading

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FIYH 78-80: Homiletic Method

Most of the remainder of FIYH will be under the get-to-it heading of “Homiletic Method.” This “Chapter” IV moves from the theory of people, preacher, and homily to the practical methods one can employ. As we read through these first … Continue reading

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FIYH 74-77: Challenges for the Preacher

The bishops describe the challenge pastors of large parishes know well: [74] But is it really possible to create this readiness for praise and thanksgiving in congregations as large and diverse as those in which many of us minister? In these … Continue reading

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FIYH 71-73: Challenges for the Congregation

Authentic pastoral ministers know that being “pastoral” is not akin to spoonfeeding the laity and coddling their every experience. Conversion is a challenging and often troubling experience. If the encounter with the Living Word uncovers the need for metanoia, then the … Continue reading

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FIYH 69-70: A Pastoral Approach

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me.” (John 10:14) This is the origin of the adjective “pastoral,” an important term even if it is occasionally misapplied.  [69] In the last analysis the only proper … Continue reading

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FIYH 68: Limits and Possibilities

The next ten numbered sections fall under the heading of “The Limits and Possibilities of Liturgical Preaching.” The bishops ask six questions many clergy and most concerned Catholics might frame: [68] But isn’t all this too limited a view of … Continue reading

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FIYH 65-67: Style, Continued

After that long weekend break, let’s renew our examination of the US bishops’ document on the Sunday homily. Specifically, we’re looking at homiletic style:  [65] Another way of structuring the homily, and one that is more in keeping with its … Continue reading

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FIYH 63-64: Style

How should the homily be rendered? The bishops discuss the biblical roots and the stylistic possibilities: [63] As regards the structure and style of the homily, we can take a lead from the use of the Greek word homileo in … Continue reading

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FIYH 60-62: The Homily and the Liturgy of the Eucharist

The bishops address some liturgical issues with the homily. They make a connection between the homily and the liturgy of the Eucharist: [60] A homily is not a talk given on the occasion of a liturgical celebration. It is “a … Continue reading

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FIYH 58-59: The Homily Service

Even before the internet age, bishops were concerned about the potential abuse of “ready-to-preach” homilies First the bad news: [58] This pastoral dimension of the homily is the principal reason why some homily services, especially those that do little more … Continue reading

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FIYH 56-57: Faithfulness to the Congregation

Some pastoral advice that will contribute to the fruitfulness of the homily: [56] If the homily must be faithful to the Scriptures for it to be the living Word of God, it must also be faithful to the congregation to … Continue reading

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FIYH 55: Incubation

The bishops suggest that the preacher’s interaction with the Scripture is not solely an intellectual exchange of scholarly information and personal details of the parishioners. The homily is a creative composition based in part on the subconscious of the minister, … Continue reading

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FIYH 53-54: Getting Behind The Scriptures

The bishops suggest the Scriptures be used not as cover, but as real words God speaks to real people: [53] To preach from the Scriptures in this way means that we have to “get behind them,” as it were. We … Continue reading

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FIYH 51-52: Interpreting People’s Lives

The notion of a liturgy with a “theme” does have a place in the Roman Rite.  But it’s generally not on Sunday. [51] In the section of the lectionary entitled “Masses for Various Occasions,” we find the thematic principle at work … Continue reading

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FIYH 50: The Lectionary

Why are the readings at Catholic liturgy set up as they are? What relationship does that have to the homily? [50] The homily is not so much on the Scriptures as from and through them. In the Roman Catholic tradition, … Continue reading

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