Homily Preparation

Good homilists are always aware of the people they are addressing and their needs in light of the sacred scriptures of the given day. When we consider the incidence of mental illness in our congregations, we know that our words can soothe, or they can cut. Approximately one in four people have a diagnosable mental illness in a given year, and one in seventeen live with a persistent and severe condition. Further, one family in five are impacted by a mental illness experienced by a loved one.  Thus, it is important to remember that some of the people addressed in a Sunday homily may either have a mental illness or be in close relationship with someone who does. Awareness of this will help the homilists to be realistic and concrete in their speaking. First, language should always show respect for the persons dealing directly or indirectly with mental illness. [ Please refer to Section ___ of this book.] (READ MORE)

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