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This site is filled with learning, preparation and enrichment tools to help you be the best proclaimer of God's word you can be. Though geared to the Catholic church, I hope readers from other faiths will also find it useful. If you have questions or suggestions for making this site more useful to you, your parish or diocese, please contact me.
Encourage Listeners to Embrace The Readings
A five-minute video by Jeff Cavins titled, 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.
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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
Who's Listening to the Readings?
Despite Pope Benedict's emphasis on the importance of Catholics becoming more attentive to the Sunday Mass readings in his work, The Word of the Lord: Verbum Domini, there's been little trickling down to the pews of his message by church leadership. So what can a lector do? Try trickling up. 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
Beware of Getting Too Comfortable
When we get too familiar with a reading, we risk the danger of proclaming from the top of our heads instead of the depth of our hearts, and hinder the chance for God's word to touch the hearts of our listeners. Read More
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
The Better They Listen,
the Better You Read
In the same way raving fans on American Idol encourage performers to give it their all, the worshipers in the pews can have a similar effect on the lector. A good listener makes the speaker want to do better. The more engaged the listener, the more inspired the lector. It's a mutual encounter where each one feeds the other. Read More View Informative & Inspiring Videos
The grass withers, the flower wilts, but the word of our God stands forever... Isaiah 40:8