• A lesson for Catholic preachers in the power of brevity

    A lesson for Catholic preachers in the power of brevity

    • Dec 19, 2016

    The shocking brevity of a 27-word homily was a reminder that one problem with much Catholic preaching is simply that it goes on too long, in part because homilists sometimes don’t appear to weigh every word to determine if they’re actually necessary.

  • Holiness sometimes means biting your tongue, pope says

    • May 24, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — Holiness doesn’t depend on superhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope and grace that strives for conversion each and every day, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass on Tuesday. In fact, holiness is reached by taking tiny steps, like biting your tongue

  • Boring homilies putting you to sleep? Help is on the way

    Boring homilies putting you to sleep? Help is on the way

    • Jan 21, 2016

    Ever doze off during a particularly boring Sunday homily? You’re probably not alone. Even Pope Francis, as he ordained 19 men to the priesthood last year, urged priests to make their homilies more engaging. The pope, who regularly makes headlines with his off-the-cuff daily homilies, told the newbie priests to