A request to the priest-homilist

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jun 12, 2017

If you find yourself using the phrase “in a very special way” during your homily, please stop and ask yourself whether it might be better to explain what’s so “special,” and why.

If you find yourself saying “in a very special way” twice during your homily, please stop and ask yourself whether you’re using that phrase as a substitute for thought.

If you find yourself saying “in a very special way” more than twice in a homily, just please stop.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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