Of The Merit Of The Preacher

Chapter Two X. Of the Merit of the Preacher Let us observe here that besides the merit attached to every good work, the preacher acquires a considerable increase of merit by acquitting himself worthily in his ministry; for it is written in St. Matthew: “Whoever carries them (the commandments) out and teaches them, he shall […]

The Language of the Preacher

by Humbert of Romans Chapter Two IX. The Language of the Preacher In reference to language, it is essential that the preacher have clear diction, lest a defect of speech make his words unintelligible. Thus Moses, having such a defect, excused himself from accepting the mission which God confided in him; and his brother, Aaron, […]

Knowledge Required by a Preacher

by Humbert of Romans Chapter Two VIII. Knowledge Required by a Preacher We must not overlook the high degree of learning that is necessary for preachers, who are commissioned to instruct others. St. Paul justly reproached certain ministers of the word for their deficiency in this respect. Her are some of his words: “ . […]

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 […]

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 […]