Leonard J. DeLorenzo

Leonard J. DeLorenzo
Leonard J. DeLorenzo is the director of Notre Dame Vision, the Notre Dame Catechist Academy, and the Notre Dame Character Project.

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Podcast Excerpt: The Three Wisemen

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Dec 30, 2020 11:16:00 AM

Some of the most splendid preaching in the Catholic tradition has occurred during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Here we provided excerpts from the seasonal sermons of three exceptional preachers and Christian witnesses: St. John Newman, Fr. Alfred Delp, and St. Oscar Romero.

These sermons were the subject of the Church Life Today episode entitled “The Three Wisemen.”

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Topics: sermons, saints, Scripture, Advent, Christmas

Eucharist Means Thanksgiving

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Nov 25, 2020 11:01:00 AM

We at the McGrath Institute for Church Life want to observe and celebrate Thanksgiving in a special way. On our radio show and podcast, Church Life Today, we shared five passages about the Eucharist and thanksgiving, with reflections to guide us into rediscovering how an exchange of thanksgiving occurs in the Sacrament of Sacraments. We know, of course, that the holiday Thanksgiving is not itself about the Eucharist. But this civic holiday is probably the closest in character to our religious holidays, and all the more because it is a feast dedicated to giving thanks. For those who revere and adore the Eucharist, we know that being transformed by that particular and unique “thanksgiving” should shape and transform our entire lives.

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Topics: communion, communion of saints, Eucharist, liturgy, contemplative prayer, poetry, Thanksgiving, Church Life Today

Preaching the Trinity, Part 2: Thou Shalt . . .

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Jun 5, 2020 3:51:32 PM

In the first part of this series, I offered a “Naughty List” of preaching don’ts for Trinity Sunday. Below is the “Nice List” or “Thou Shalts” (or at least "shouldsts") for Trinity Sunday, along with some additional commentary.

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Topics: homily, liturgy, preaching, Trinity

Preaching the Trinity, Part 1: Thou Shalt Not . . .

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Jun 4, 2020 7:03:21 PM

The most dangerous day of preaching in the liturgical year is upon us: Trinity Sunday. The perennial danger is, of course, that the homily on this day becomes an occasion for trivializing or else utterly mystifying the faith into which Christians been baptized, the Creed we profess each week, and the Sign of the Cross with which we mark ourselves over and over again. Karl Rahner memorably quipped that if we dropped the doctrine of the Trinity, most Christians would not notice the difference. The typically bizarre to banal nature of preaching on “Trinity Sunday” tends to prove the point: the Trinity is reduced to something that must be mentioned once a year, but as if extraneous rather than absolutely central to the Christian faith.

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Topics: homily, liturgy, preaching, Trinity

Called & Co-Responsible: Summer Seminars for Church Life Renewal

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on May 26, 2020 1:28:32 PM

Every baptized Christian is directly responsible for the primary mission of the Church: evangelization. Pope Benedict XVI recalled this in an address in 2012, saying that lay people “should not be regarded as ‘collaborators’ of the clergy, but, rather, as people who are really ‘co-responsible’ for the Church’s being and acting.” Pope Francis has claimed that “in some cases, lay persons have not been given the formation needed to take on important responsibilities” (Evangelii Gaudium, §102), to the extent that every member of the Church is empowered as distinctly but fully called and co-responsible for the Church’s mission.

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Topics: Called & Co-Responsible Conference, ministry, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources

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