Christianity … combines the moral fervour of the martyr with the laid-back ethic of the hippie … Those who live as though the future had already arrived … are prophets, and as such figures marked out as objects of political violence; yet they also live like the lilies of the field and take no heed for tomorrow

Terry Eagleton, Radical Sacrifice, p. 105

Discuss …

Both the faithful and their ordained ministers suffer because of homilies: the laity from having to listen to them and the clergy from having to preach them!

Let us renew our confidence in preaching, based on the conviction that it is God who seeks to reach out to others through the preacher, and that he displays his power through human words.

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 69-70