Here's the audio file for my homily from the 21st Sunday OT, "Are you prepared for radical transfiguration?"
A couple of parishioners said things like, "Too intellectual for this parish, Father."
Others said things like, "Enjoyed it. Didn't understand some of it."
A couple encouraged me to preach this way more often.
One faithful soul chastised me for "apologizing" for quoting difficult material from BXVI, "Don't ever apologize, Father, for making us grow!" Yes, ma'am, said I.
No one dumped on it, but they probably wouldn't say anything too negative to me personally. Too bad.
As a Dominican, I refuse to coddle Catholics when I preach. . .meaning, no New Age Oprah Pablum; no social-justicey cliches; no "Jesus Loves You" greeting card verse; no Boil It All Down junk.
I want to challenge w/o alienating; dare without being needlessly aggressive. Catholics are always smarter and tougher than priests think they are. Give it to them, Fathers. They can take it.
What say you?___________________
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