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Revealed: what makes a homily good

“If anyone ever compliments me and says, ‘Gee, that was a good homily,’ I learned a long time ago never to ask them why because I get so depressed. I worked so hard on this and I expect them to say, ‘Gee, that was a good insight, a good story…’ but they all say the same thing. When I ask them why it was good, they say, ‘Because I could hear it.’

— Msgr. Lawrence Purcell, Rancho Santa Fe, California, quoted here.
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posted October 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Hey,that’s my old priest! Father Purcell is an excellent homilist, and for all the right reasons. Just like yours Dcn. Greg, a lot of Father P’s homilies stick with me.

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posted May 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

information well and good … I like your way of thinking.
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