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Embrace the Word... Proclaim It... Apply It

Whether we're a lector, homilist, or listener from the pew; I hope this site will help 
us all be the best living examples of God's word that we can be; by our voices, ears and actions. Browse around, and if you can think of ways to make this site more useful to you or your church, contact me. I'd love to hear from you.
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Savor the Readings at Mass 

This five-minute video by Jeff Cavins, The Liturgy of the Word
should be viewed by every Catholic today. For some, it's an 
uplifting refresher. For others, a basic "101" lesson that can 
encourage them to be more attentive and engaged in this key 
part of the Mass.  View it on our Videos Page
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"Good Job" Ain't Good Enough

In the movie, Whiplash, a music instructor bent on helping students realize their potential, quoted renowned Jazz drummer Buddy Rich as saying that "Good Job" is the worst compliment you can give to someone with the potential for higher excellence. Does this also apply to ministers of God's word? Read More

Advanced Lector Training 
Beyond the 101

Beyond the usual commentaries and resources we use to prepare our readings, Fr. Donald Senior's new book, Composing Sacred Scripture: How the Bible Was Formed, can help us complement our spiritual interpretations and proclaim with more energy when we know how the Bible was actually put together. Read More

What We Can't Fake

Our love and hunger for the Scriptures, and our faith in Christ's presence in them can't be acted out. The late Fr. Joseph Champlin once said, "The inner qualities of the reader become apparent to the listener without a single word being proclaimed." Read More

Teach or Transform? 
What Are We to Do.

It's not our place to "teach" from the ambo. And though we may not actually view ourselves as doing so, we must be careful not to convey that demeanor of a teacher, especially when we feel that there's a point the assembly "must" get. Read More

Lector Discernment: 
Not Just for Newbies

Discernment should not only be exercised with new lectors, but with veterans as well. The enthusiasm we initially feel about proclaiming God's word may die down over time, we may lose our "salt," get attracted to other ministries, feel burned out or need a re-check of our basic proclamation skills, which is why lector discernment should be continuous and life-long. Read More

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The grass withers, the flower wilts, but the word of our God stands forever... Isaiah 40:8