Another Priest Gift Idea

Is Father’s preaching a little bland? Want to do something about it in a kind way? Get him a great book that he will enjoy reading (or using for reference). I highly recommend this one, Dogma and Preaching:

I only recently acquired this unabridged edition. Before, I had an abridged edition published by a different publishing house. Even still, even from the abridged version, I got a lot of excellent ideas for preaching. It is a fine book. Extremely useful. Father will find it edifying!

The great thing about a book like this is that, if Father already has it, it might be a good reminder for him to look for it in his collection and start referring to it. And then he can give the new copy to a seminarian or a priest friend. Everybody wins. If he doesn’t have it, it will be a great addition to his library. Everybody wins again.

I forgot to mention that the book is a collection of sermons and other writings from Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) who is, of course, one of the greatest preachers of our time. This is really great stuff. Highly recommended!

My previous Christmas gift ideas for priests: HERE and HERE.

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2 Responses to Another Priest Gift Idea

  1. Maria says:

    It’s a wonderful book, Father, and not only for priests. It is one of my books as well, among the many that I have written by him. I truly think that he will one day be called a “Doctor of the Church”. Another one that I really like by Beloved Benedict/Cardinal Ratzinger is a slim volume entitled “On Conscience”.
    God bless you

  2. Maria says:

    By the way, here is an excerpt from “On Conscience: “The true sense of the teaching authority of the pope consists in his being the advocate of the Christian memory. The pope does not impose from without. Rather, he elucidates the Christian memory and defends it”.

    This was my prayer intention for Pope Francis and the Synod of the Family that took place in October, and continues to be for the Synod that will take place next October.

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