A book on preaching that serves both the priest and the person in the pew
1) What inspired the book?
Parishioners had asked me for years to write a book about preaching, along with a collection of my homilies—they finally convinced me.
2) If you could give this book another title, what would it be?
“I Shall Speak Jesus: Proclaiming Christ from the Catholic Pulpit”
3) a) What person in this book do you most personally identify with?
The author—I feel like I know him.
b) What story or anecdote (or piece of advice) in this book most personally resonated with you?
“Good preaching is like mortal sin: Both require grave matter, sufficient reflection, and full consent of the will — neither happens by accident.”
4) Did writing this book teach you anything?
Writing this book has taught me to appreciate in a much deeper way the meaning of the phrase, “a labor of love.”
5) If there is one person you want to reach with this book, who would that be?
The person who has given up on hearing anything good coming from a Catholic pulpit.
6) What is the ideal beverage to have in hand while reading your book?
Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch, representing my hopes for how people will find this book—substantial, invigorating, and memorable.
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