Interesting If Interested
Want to be interesting? Be interested.
We have two ears but one mouth for a reason. We should listen more than we speak.
Many of us do not strike the proper balance. The dangers are particularly great for those in public roles who are expected to have something to say.
Pope Francis has described the homily as "the touchstone for judging a pastor’s closeness and ability to communicate to his people."
If a priest is interested in people's lives and in the human condition, that will often translate into some interesting homilies.
Most people are fascinating — if we make the effort to get to know them.
If we stop trying to be interesting and start getting interested, we might find the people around us are far more interesting than we realized.
They'll likely think the same about us.
Sadly, it doesn't always happen. Francis also says that people suffer because of homilies: "the laity from having to listen to them and the clergy from having to preach them!"
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