As a Redemptorist priest, I follow in the footsteps of some of the Church’s great preachers; St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Clement Hofbauer, St. John Neumann. Though perhaps not always eloquent I am definitely passionate about the Word of God and getting it out into the world.
I have always enjoyed writing and, since becoming a priest, I have also enjoyed preaching. Sometimes though I feel like there is not enough time to devote to a good homily. The days come and go so quickly that before I know it Sunday is here again and I find my thoughts still rough around the edges.
This blog then, is a tool first and foremost to help me take the time I need to reflect and pray and write so that I can give the people the type of homily that they deserve. But there are other benefits.
By posting here I offer others a chance to use my reflections to aid their own prayer and reflection both now and in the future. It’s hard to always be on top of my game when I think I am preaching to a few people at an early morning mass. With a blog there is a potential to reach many more people. That becomes a weightier responsibility and a very strong motivator.
If you are a preacher feel free to use these reflections as an aid in your ministry if you find them helpful. Leave a comment if you find something worthwhile. I would appreciate the encouragement.
If you are from the listening side of the pulpit , please feel free use these reflections to aid your own prayer and study of scripture. Just as important, I appreciate your feedback. Do these thoughts speak to you (or not)? What are your thoughts? Your comments will help to make me a better preacher.
God bless you all.
Fr. Jon Hansen, C.Ss.R., Pastor St. Mary’s Parish, Saskatoon, SK
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St. Mary’s Parish website: stmaryssaskatoon.com