Homilies must help people reflect, not nap, pope says
Catholic priests must deliver good homilies so the “good news” of the Gospel can take root in people’s hearts and help them live holier lives, Pope Francis said.
But the faithful in the pews need to do their part, too, the pope said at his weekly general audience on Wednesday 7th February.
Catholics need to read the Bible more regularly so they can better understand the Mass readings, and they need to be patient with the homilist, especially if the sermon is boring, meandering or hard to understand, he said.
“How many times do we see some people asleep, chatting or going out to smoke a cigarette during the homily,” the pope asked those gathered for the audience in the Paul VI audience hall.
A homily must be prepared well with prayer and study, and be delivered clearly and briefly – “it must not go longer than 10 minutes, please,” the pope said.
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