Conditions For Favorably Discharging The Duty Of Preaching Well

by Humbert of Romans This week has been filled with tragedy, and preachers around the world stepped into the pulpit or on the ambo to preach to a world shaken by senselessness, to bring aid and comfort to the souls of Christ’s flock. As we approach the task, once again, of preaching on the Lord’s […]

Defects In Judgment Which Are Harmful To The Preacher

by Humbert of Romans Chapter Four XVII. Defects of Judgment Which are Harmful to the Preacher First of all, let us remark that it would be bad judgment to address oneself to those who have no wish to hear the word of God, and we ought not to preach to them. “Where there is no […]

The Culpability Of Those Who Neglect To Preach

by Humbert of Romans CHAPTER FOUR CONCERNING THE EXERCISE OF PREACHING With regard to the exercise of preaching, we shall discuss: firstly, the culpability of those who neglect to preach; secondly, the base reasons which dissuade some from this office; thirdly, what would constitute a lack of judgment in this office; fourthly, the conditions which […]

The Evils of Preaching Too Soon

by Humbert of Romans CHAPTER THREE XIV. Concerning the Evils Resulting from the Untimely Undertaking of This Office There are three evils to be noted which result from a premature and rash acceptance of the office of preaching. The first is that the good results which the preacher might have produced at the proper time […]

How One Should Begin The Office Of Preacher

by Humbert of Romans CHAPTER THREE HOW ONE SHOULD BEGIN THIS OFFICE We now consider the manner of beginning the office of preaching, and make two observations about it: Firstly, what can be found reprehensible in it; secondly, the great evils resulting from it. XIII. Wrong Motives Which Lead Some to Undertake the Office of […]

The Person Of The Preacher

by Humbert of Romans Chapter Two XI. The Person of the Preacher The qualities requisite for a preacher in regard to his person are first of all, that he be of the male sex, for St. Paul “does not want women to be permitted to speak” (I Tim. 2:12). He gives four reasons for this: […]

The Qualities Necessary For Preaching

by Humbert of Romans Chapter Two THE QUALITIES NECESSARY FOR PREACHING We shall now consider the necessary qualities of a preacher. Some pertain to his life; others to his knowledge, his language, his merit, or to his person. VII. The Preacher’s life He ought to live a truly good life. St. Gregory says, “Before preaching […]

Difficulties in the Office of Preacher: Part 2

by Humbert of Romans CHAPTER ONE VI. Difficulties of the Office of Preacher: Part Two There are other kinds of preachers who diligently look for arguments irrelevant to their subject, like the one who preaches on the Apostles Peter and Paul, and borrows from the Book of Numbers the test, “The sons of Merari; Moholi […]