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Preacher on preaching: 'homily needs focal point'

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Fr. James J. Bacik told a national assembly of Catholic priests here today that a good homily has a focal point.

“We need focal points, not themes,” he said. A good homily “has to have a concern. It has to have some joy, some sorrow. It’s co-relational.”

But to deliver such a homily the preacher, he explained, needs to know the concerns of those he is preaching to. And how do I know their concerns? “You have to be in dialogue with the people,” he said. If I cannot come up with an example I throw it away … “A doctor burdened with paper work, people burdened with guilt.”

US priests association to meet in St. Louis

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Received two press releases today from the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests:

AUSCP Assembly scheduled in St. Louis, June 23-26

The third annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, June 23-26, on the theme, Revelation in Our Lives and Time. The AUSCP invites your coverage of this assembly which will be held at the Airport Marriott.

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