Celebrating the Mass reverently is a must, not an antidote or an option. Neither is good preaching optional. A good homily nourishes the spirit and provides food for thought. Persistently poor homilies drive Catholics to look for parishes with better preachers. Some have even been drawn away by charismatic preachers outside the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church will do well to ponder how some other Christian churches have been able to attract huge and, often enthusisatic, attendance through good preaching. Incredulous as it may seem, this is the real world and, unfortunately, Catholics are not endowed with any special gifts to bear with boring homilies or plain nagging or even scolding day-after-day or week-after-week. 

Emil Chau


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