ORDAINED TO PREACH by Charles E. Miller, C.M. ($12.95)

ALBA: 0-8189-0637-5

Preaching is always a reflection of one's spirituality. It is both prophetic and incarnational, a lived experience in faith for both the preacher and his listeners. In this work, Father Miller focuses on all aspects of the art with the goal of helping preachers not only to preach what Jesus preached but to do it in the way he did it. He draws extensively on the example of Jesus as a practical and universal model, never forgetting that authentic preaching is not words about God, but the word of God itself. Priests and ministers, deacons and seminarians and all who are pursuing a curriculum in homiletics will find much in this volume to aid them in the preparation of homilies for Sundays and other liturgical celebrations. Each of its twenty-one chapters ends with a summary of the contents and an exercise for practical application.

About the author: Father Charles E. Miller, C.M. has been teaching the theology and practice of preaching to seminarians, deacons and priests for over thirty-five years at St. John's Seminary in Camarilio, California where he served as rector from 1978 to 1987. The author of a weekly column on the liturgy for six diocesan newspapers, he was the first recipient of the Laudatus award from Cardinal Mahony for "excellence in the promotion of the liturgical life of the parishes and people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles." This is his twelfth book for Alba House.

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