about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve a parish in music ministry.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: Fulfilled in Your Hearing
Practical stuff:  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
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:  After revising the homily; practice it. Repeat … Continue reading
The second of four working stages of homily preparation, revising–it’s a vital one.  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
The preparing preacher gets serious; time to pull the ideas from prayer and reflection and start making them incarnate:  A time for writing should be scheduled at least two days before the preaching of the homily in order to … Continue reading
In a short section titled, “letting Go,” the bishops advise spiritually:  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
A particular short-cut is a problem for preachers:  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