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Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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  • What Lessons Do Thomas Aquinas’s Sermons Hold For Modern Preachers?
    Son: “All the men who were ordained with me seemed to think that the faculty of preaching will come to them as a matter of course.” Father: “Then I pity their congregations.” —Canon Twells, Colloquies on Preaching It is strange to think that Thomas Aquinas’s sermons have garnered so little attention over the years, given […]

  • Re-evaluating the Diaconate - The Liturgical Potential of the Deacon
    The Liturgical Potential of the DeaconRobert Cardinal Sarah, the Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, delivered a riveting, yet controversial, address to the attendees of Sacra Liturgia Conference in Rome in July 2016. The Prefect admitted in his reflections that much work is still needed to actualize the vision […]

  • The Interface of Spirituality and Theology in Leontius of Jerusalem and Theodore the Studite
    Lex orandi, lex credendi: the law of prayer is the law of belief. This maxim, attributed to the fifth century writer, Prosper of Aquitaine, pithily expresses the inherent link between theology and spirituality. The way in which one connects with God through prayer and practice will be determined by the way in which one understands […]

  • From Street to Sanctuary: The LGBT Take On the Church
    The “Lesbian-Gay-Bi-Trans” movement (hereafter, LGBT) has largely succeeded in becoming fully accepted into the secular society worldwide. Now it’s clear that this movement—composed of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and the trans-gendered—is setting its sights on the Roman Catholic Church. Members of the LGBT movement want to be accepted as fully Catholic and wholly Christian, without any […]

  • Marching Toward a “New Feminism”
    The aftermath of this year’s several Women’s Marches around the country has offered me an opportunity to reflect upon the role of women, both in the country as a whole, as well as in my own daily life. I spent a great deal of time thinking back to that Saturday morning in January when I […]

  • Sacraments in Brideshead Revisited
    Years ago, a priest told me that he considered that the best thing ever written about the sacrament of anointing of the sick was Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited. Although not a theological treatise, the book contains an arresting presentation of the power of the sacraments. When I teach a course on the sacraments […]

  • Early Summer Reading
    I Burned for Your Peace. Augustine’s Confessions Unpacked by Peter Kreeft. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2016). Reviewed by Matthew K. Minerd, Ph.L. Desiring a Better Country: Forays in Political Theology by Douglas Farrow. (Montreal & Kingston: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2015). Reviewed by Matthew K. Minerd, Ph.L. After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports Our Modern […]

  • The Feast of Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit!
    “Pentecost” (Detail of Mary)  by Jean Restout Sequence _________ Veni, Sancte Spiritus Come, Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home Shed a ray of light divine! Come, Father of the poor! Come, source of all our store! Come, within our bosoms shine. You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s most welcome guest; Sweet refreshment […]

  • Homilies for June 2017
    General Method: Read and meditate on the readings at least a week before the homily. Then decide on a main point you want to make, and an exhortation for the congregation. Then write the homily straight through in one sitting. Make sure there are a definite beginning, middle and an end. Incorporate a story to illustrate […]

  • The Ascension Today
    Christianity moves. As we ponder so often in the Gospels, Christ gathers and sends out, he forms and confers a mission. The mystery of the Lord’s ascension into heaven manifests the grand vertical dynamism that comprehends all such horizontal movements. “He came down from heaven,” and he has now “ascended into heaven.” The entire life […]

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