Speaking from the heart

by Castilino  

The other day while at the Jubilee celebrations of two MSFS Priests and a Brother at Vizag, the one preaching the sermon narrated an anecdote about an actor and an old Priest. I had heard it before but this time it struck me for one particular reason: the futility of verbosity in preaching and the power of genuine witnessing.

The anecdote: A famous entertainer was once asked to recite the 23rd Psalm in a performance. A large audience filled the large auditorium. After he finished everyone gave him a generous round of applause. After this an old man was asked to present the same Psalm. When he finished there wasn't a dry eye in the place. Everyone was touched by his devotion to the Shepherd. The entertainer came back to continue the program. Before starting the program he said, I know the Psalm, but he knows the Shepherd!

I wish all the Priests, Preachers and especially my Seminarians realise this: that every word counts when uttered from the heart. If something has not touched us, how on earth will it change or affect those who listen to us preaching about it?

1 comment

Comment from: Klement  

dear brother Castillino,thanks for your heart-sharing.
wish that many of us will take it … from south africa, fr. vaclav

27/04/11 @ 17:28