Category Archives: Fulfilled in Your Hearing

FIYH 102-105: Preaching

Practical stuff: [102] Our emphasis on the importance of writing in the preparation of a homily does not in any way imply that homilies should normally be read. Writing is a means to arrive at good organization, clarity of expression, … Continue reading

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FIYH 101: Practicing

This is one lots of preachers, lectors, and even musicians have trouble with: practice. Ever since we were kids, perhaps. But the advice here is not only sound, but it really helps: [101] After revising the homily; practice it. Repeat … Continue reading

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FIYH 97-100: Revising

The second of four working stages of homily preparation, revising–it’s a vital one. [97] The revising stage is one of the most important and the one that is too easily omitted for lack of time. To revise is frequently to … Continue reading

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FIYH 94-96: Drafting

The preparing preacher gets serious; time to pull the ideas from prayer and reflection and start making them incarnate: [94] A time for writing should be scheduled at least two days before the preaching of the homily in order to … Continue reading

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FIYH 92-93: Letting Go

In a short section titled, “letting Go,” the bishops advise spiritually: [92] Sometime in the middle of the preparation process we should allow our­selves to step back from the work we are doing and give free reign to the subconscious … Continue reading

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FIYH 89-91: Study and Further Reflection

A particular short-cut is a problem for preachers: [89] One of the major temptations of students when they are assigned a paper is immediately to run to the “experts.” The same temptation afflicts preachers. All too often our preparation for … Continue reading

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FIYH 86-88: Reading, Listening, Praying

We get into some nitty-gritty preparation suggestions with these sections of FIYH. All of this advice is good. Reading in the original languages may be a challenge for some preachers, but the easiest and most fruitful idea is reading the … Continue reading

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