Regular HancAquam readers have noted and commented upon the subtle changes I've made in my preaching style lately. (Not subtle enough, apparently!)
Preaching to a "regular parish" (i.e., not a university parish, or a studium congregation) required that changes be made. I also have the privilege of regularly preaching to our K-8th students at St Joseph's School. Finding the appropriate props for the readings ain't easy (sesame seeds, red food coloring, and a picture of a mustard tree. . .)
Frankly, the new style--a little more linear, somewhat more practical--is much more difficult to produce than my natural style--convoluted and impractical? But I am spending a lot more time with the readings and a lot more time studying in preparation for writing the homily.
Clunkers still find their way into the pulpit. . .but that will always be the case.
Many thanks for the comments and prayers! God bless, Fr. Philip
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