According to the Novus Ordo calendar, today is the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori. In the traditional calendar it falls tomorrow. He is a Doctor of the Church, whose writings set the Church’s approach to moral theology on a healthy course enduring to this day among the faithful. I once had the astounding, intimidating privilege of holding in my hands his own manuscript of his Moral Theology, replete with glued in pages and scraps of notes and corrections. Moreover, his Stations of the Cross, his version is what I will always hear for that devotion, his Manual for Confessors strongly shaped my approach to the sacrament, his Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help formed my earliest sense of truly pious Catholics.
Not long ago I posted about how St. Alphonsus bilocated so he could assist Pope Clement XIV at his death. HERE
Once again, my friend His Hermeneuticalness has posted something helpful today. It is great to have him back in the saddle again and posting frequently. Fr. Finigan points out something that the saint to preachers.
The “Instructions to Preachers” at the beginning of the book is still of value for priests and can unsettle us today.
It were well that the preacher should sometimes exhort the audience to relate to others what they have heard in the sermon; as by this means it may be made useful even to those who have not heard it.
If we are handing on the teaching of Christ and His Church, we ought to not to be embarrassed to ask others to pass it on. If we are embarrassed, is that because it is ourselves we are preaching?
Did you get that? Relate to others what you heard in sermons, because it could be useful to them.
Each week I make a post here called “Your Sunday Sermon Notes”, in which I invite you to post a good point from the sermon you heard.
Why? Because a) I hope that you will pay close attention and look even for good points in an otherwise humdrum homily and b) because many of the readers out there hardly ever hear a good homily.