Let’s Get Honest About Poor Preaching

A man sits alone, his hands clasped in prayer, in a church pew.
Pope Francis suggests some people leave for a cigarette when the homily begins at Mass. (Photo courtesy of ffoz.org)
Pope Francis is wheeled into a marble-covered room at the Vatican to be greeted by lines of applauding clergy from Sicily.
Pope Francis in the Vatican greeting clergy from Sicily, whom he urged to become more relevant in their preaching. (Photo courtesy of Vatican News).
Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary, seated in front of a bookcase, is interview on the PBS NewsHour.
Washington Post personal finance columnist suggests those with means can help families who are struggling. “To whom much is given, much is required,” she said. (Photo courtesy of The PBS NewsHour).
Hands clasped in prayer on top of open Bible.
Greater personal contact with parishioners, reading novels and poetry, asking for help from people in the pews when writing a homily might lead to better preaching. (Photo by Reena Black).

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Author of 4 spirituality books & 2 poetry collections. Award-winning reporter for Wall Street Journal, PBS-TV, Washington Post & 2 IL public radio stations.

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Judith Valente

Judith Valente

Author of 4 spirituality books & 2 poetry collections. Award-winning reporter for Wall Street Journal, PBS-TV, Washington Post & 2 IL public radio stations.

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