Difficulties in the Office of Preacher: Part 1

by Humbert of Romans CHAPTER ONE VI. Difficulties of the Office of Preacher: Part One We shall now consider the peculiar difficulties of preaching, and we shall show, by three proofs, that it is not an easy task to proclaim the word of God successfully. The first proof is found in the rarity of good […]

The Benefits of Preaching for Mankind

by Humbert of Romans CHAPTER ONE V. Benefits of Preaching for Mankind We shall now consider the benefits that preaching brings to all men. Having already shown how necessary preaching is in general for the whole world, we now fell that it is worth while to explain its advantages to the individual – a task […]

The Benefits Which Preaching Brings the Preacher: Part 2

by Humbert of Romans CHAPTER ONE IV. The Benefits Which It Brings to the Preacher; the Office of Preaching: Part Two In other instances this inspired exclamation of which we speak may take the form of a prayer. For example, the story is told about a certain nobleman who, for many yeas, was preoccupied with […]

The Benefits Which Preaching Brings the Preacher: Part 1

by Humbert of Romans CHAPTER ONE IV. The Benefits Which It Brings to the Preacher; the Office of Preaching: Part One Let us now see what the office of preaching does for the preacher himself. Note, first of all, that he ought to be supplied with the necessities of this life, as St. Paul has […]

The Agreeableness of Preaching in the Eyes of God

by Humbert of Romans CHAPTER ONE III. Its Agreeableness in the Eyes of God To understand how much the office of preachers is pleasing to God, it is necessary to note that their discourses are like hymns. Nehemiah reports that “the singers entered upon the possession of their cities” (II Esdras 7:73) on their return […]

If The World Had No Preachers: The Necessity of Preaching

by Humbert of Romans CHAPTER ONE II. Its Necessity To know how much preaching is necessary to the world, we should remember that the souls of the Saints in heaven lift their voices before the Lord in never-ending complaint of “those who dwell on the earth” (Rev. 6:11). This cry, according to the commentators, is […]

The Qualities of Preaching

by Humbert of Romans Lately I’ve been inundated with statements by well-meaning folk who claim that preaching is not important. They don’t say it directly, but that is what they mean. Usually, they back up their statements with something like the falsely attributed ‘saying of St. Francis of Assissi’ – “Go into all the world […]