The A.D. Times, February 10, 2005
Story (with photos) by Tami A. Quigley features comments by Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., of Knoxville, Tenn., who delivered the R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture on Feb. 2. The annual lecture series is part of the Patron's Day celebration at DeSales and highlights the feast of St. Francis de Sales. According to Bishop Kurtz, the three elements essential to good preaching are words, the capacity to challenge, and the reality that what is preached is lived. Bishop Kurtz, formerly a priest in the Allentown Diocese, was named ordinary of Knoxville in 1999. In his talk, Bishop Kurtz stated that although there is not an increase in the number of people who don't believe in God, there is an increase in the so-called "practical atheists." Bishop Kurtz noted that the Eucharist is the most important thing, but most churches with vibrant preachers have higher attendance at Mass. He noted that to preach well, the preacher must allow God's Words to reside in his heart, and must be engaged in the lives of the people he serves. Bishop Kurtz encouraged people to give the sermon through their lives and provided two examples of people who illustrated this point: Blessed John XXIII and Mother Teresa.
Press Release: Reflections on satisfying those eager to hear good preaching | Posted on: 2/10/2005
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