Know Your Audience!

I recently heard an excellent catechesis on the distinction between venial and mortal sin, complete with illustrative props and an amusing subtext. I thought to myself that second graders preparing for their first confession would enjoy and remember it. Unfortunately, this catechesis was not being offered to second grade children, in fact, not really to […]

Preaching Beyond the Choir

I have been reading a little lately about the poor quality of Catholic homilies, inspired as it were, from recent experience. Catholics are notoriously poor at preaching compared to their Protestant counterparts. There are legitimate reasons for this – the homily is not the focal point of the Mass and is generally limited to under […]