homilies and homiletics

08May07

We were talking about homilies on Monday in class, and how the early fathers usually spoke for up to an hour.

Homilies in the US are (apparently supposed to be) between 7 and 15 minutes. Homilies in the Caribbean at least 20, according to the priest in my class, because otherwise the parishoners will run you out.

I don’t think 20 minutes is too long for a homily.

I do think its too long for a bad homily. And unfortunately there’s a lot of that going around. Hopefully with Papa G teaching homiletics, that might change, but, I’m not holding my breath. Its not that I think I could give a better homily, I just think they should challenge me to be a better Catholic. I’m not entirely a fan of fire and brimstone, but sometimes its called for, and the rest of the time, there should still be some sparks.

My biggest pet peeve is when the homily has nothing to do with the readings for that Sunday. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it pisses me off. Maybe I’m just spoiled because I’m accustomed to good preaching because of Papa G and the number of times I’ve heard cardinals speak.

Even the uncle preaches well, most of the time.

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