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 three sections, consider if you agree or disagree with the statements about art and form.

[78] Every art is based on a theory and a method, and preaching is no exception. Some artists, it is true, work solely from inspiration. They do not know why or how they do what they do. Consequently, they are incapable of passing their insight on to others. But they have a method nonetheless, and if their work is lasting, their method will sooner or later be uncovered by interpreters and critics of their work.

For any preachers among the readers here, have you mentored other preachers, or would you foresee that possibility in the future?

[79] Artists who are conscious of their method are in a much more advantageous position than those who are not. They are able to channel and direct their work more easily, can work more efficiently within time constraints, and can adapt their method to changed circumstances and demands. They know what they are doing and how they go about doing it, and they can pass this information on to others who might like to learn from them.

As we move through these last dozen posts of FIYH, consider how your own homiletic method may vary or be similar to what is suggested here.

[80] Ultimately, individual preachers will have to develop their own method for moving from the Scriptures to the homily, learning from their own successes and failures, as well as from other preachers through whose words they have heard the Word of God. The description of a method for building the homily that follows is not intended as-nor could it possibly be-a foolproof system for producing outstanding homilies week after week. Rather it provides a model that includes the major components of the creative process (data gathering, incubation, insight, communication) and does so within the framework of a week.

 

 

 

  

 

(All texts from Fulfilled in Your Hearing are copyright © 1982 USCCB. All rights reserved. Used with permission.)

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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