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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Fr. Roger Landry's 5th Sunday Homily raises good question from St. Bernardine of Siena...

"...St. Bernardine of Siena, a great 15th-century Franciscan preacher, was once asked a very interesting hypothetical question by those who were wondering why he stressed so much the importance of preaching. They queried, “If a Christian community for twenty years could only have one thing or the other — either 20 years of good preaching with no access to the Mass and the Eucharist, or 20 years of access to the Mass, but bad or no preaching — which would be better? Think of what your response would be to the same question. St. Bernardine’s answer, without any hesitation, surprised them: it was better to have 20 years of good preaching! He answered that way because he was convinced that after 20 years of the Eucharist with no or bad preaching, the people would no longer understand the importance of the Mass and would begin to take the Eucharist for granted; whereas, after 20 years of good preaching without the Mass, the people would be salivating for the Eucharist and the other sacraments."
SOURCE: Catholic Exchange

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