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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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jun. 16, 2017 3:23 PM ET USA

    Hmmm. steve.grist2587 must belong to my parish.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 14, 2017 9:47 PM ET USA

    Our Blessed Lord never said "...in a very special way." It would sound wimpy.

  • Posted by: steve.grist2587 - Jun. 14, 2017 5:58 PM ET USA

    Could not agree more. I feel the same way about "perhaps."

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jun. 13, 2017 5:25 PM ET USA

    It's not fair. You have a forum to complain about your priests' inanities. The rest of us can only gnash our teeth in silence.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Jun. 12, 2017 7:42 PM ET USA

    Whenever a Mass is offered for one of the deceased of our parish, the cantor says, "At today's Mass, we remember in a special way Johnny So-and-So." I want to yell out, "We're not just remembering him, we're praying for him! And how do we do that 'in a special way?' What are we? DeBarge?" (It's even better when they say, "Today we remember in a special way . . . the people of the parish.") Yes, just stop.