Words Written on Ice and Wind

Detail, fresco of St. John Chrysostum, artist unknown (13th  Century), Church of the Theotokos Peribleptos, Ohrid, Macedonia.

At the turn of the century, I graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.  Armed with an MFA in creative writing, I set out to write the Great American Novel. I taught writing at the University of Central Florida in … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on Preaching

Fr. McGavin artwork on preaching

Articles on preaching typically emphasize advance preparation. The most crucial advance preparation occurs in seminary, or even pre-seminary, in the systematic reading of Scripture. Long years and discipline in Lectio Divina are the … [Read more...]

Winter Reading for February 2015

Winter reading for FEB 2015

Masters of Preaching: More Poignant and Powerful Homilists in Church History, Vol. 2. Ray E. Atwood (Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books/University of America Press, 2014) xiv + 469 pages. (Reviewed by Fr. David Vincent Meconi, … [Read more...]

Lest They Receive It in Vain

Richard photos 9-22-14

Right lay preparation and interior disposition is necessary to effectively and fruitfully receive the grace of the sacraments, including and especially, the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist. The Vatican II Constitution on Sacred … [Read more...]

Homilies for July 2014

Sacred Heart collage for July homilies

Homilies For Sunday Liturgies and Holy Days, July 2014   14th Sunday of Ordinary Time—July 6, 2014 Jesus, meek and humble of heart Purpose: Today’s readings provide one of the most wonderful opportunities, in the three-year … [Read more...]

Homilies for June 2014

Pentecost Sunday collage

Homilies For Sunday Liturgies and Holy Days, June 2014   Feast of Pentecost 7th Sunday of Easter— June 1, 2014        Pray to live. Purpose: The Ascension of our Divine Savior marks the destiny for all human flesh; … [Read more...]

Homilies for May 2014

May 2014 Homilies collage, ver. 3

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for May 2014 Feast of the Ascension 3rd Sunday of Easter—May 4, 2014 Stay with Us. Purpose: The Road to Emmaus is one of the most popular post-Resurrection stories and it offers    … [Read more...]

Homilies for April 2014

New Easter Triduum collage

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for April 2014 Fifth Sunday of Lent – April 6, 2014 Martha’s Grief and True Hope Purpose:  The Lenten readings summon us to experience a foretaste of Christian hope in the raising of … [Read more...]

Homilies for March 2014

ash-wednesday collage

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for March 2014     Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time - March 2, 2014 Only with God are our hearts at rest Purpose: Our human … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

Mullady photos 2-16-14

What concerns should a priest have in the weekly homily? “New Evangelization:” What does it mean, and what are its primary focuses?   Question: What concerns should a priest have in the weekly homily? Answer: Priests know that … [Read more...]

Homilies for February 2014

presentation of baby jesus at the temple collage

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for February 2014   The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple Feast of the Presentation - February 2, 2014 Becoming a Light to the Nations Purpose:  The Feast of the … [Read more...]

Homilies for January 2014

Dream of St.Jean Bosco collage

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for January 2014 St. John Bosco's dream Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - January 1, 2014 Purpose: The desire for peace is the strongest desire of … [Read more...]

Homilies for December 2013

December 2013 Homilies collage

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for December 2013  1st Sunday of Advent—December 1, 2013 The desires of the flesh Purpose: This Sunday’s readings focus on our preparation for the Lord’s return in glory. Like those … [Read more...]

The Renewal of Preaching in the Liturgical Homily for the New Evangelization

Renewal of Preaching collage

My purpose here is not to detail the content of a good homily, but to delineate the focus and attitudes of heart and mind of the homilist himself. Outstanding Dominican preachers: Blessed Jordan of Saxony, St. Dominic, St. Vincent … [Read more...]

Homilies for November 2013

Zacchaeus talking with Christ collage

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for November 2013 Christ's invitation to Zacchaeus by Tissot Your House Today! 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 3, 2013 Purpose: Today’s Gospel is very conducive to leading … [Read more...]

NeverWinter Astral Diamonds