Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination

Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination

by Mary Catherine Hilkert

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ISBN-13: 9780826410603
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/09/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is co-editor of The Praxis of Christian Experience: An Introduction to the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx.

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Rarely do I get excited over required texts for graduate studies. However, a notable exception is 'Naming Grace', a wonderful contribution to liturgical preaching in the Catholic tradition. The author captured my attention from the very first page of the Introduction: 'The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning.' Mary Catherine Hilkert's text should be required reading for anyone brave enough to venture into the world of preaching. Since I come from a Judeo/Christian background, I am especially appreciative of Dr. Hilkert's recognition of past failures amongst homilists who preached what amounted to 'replacement theology.' From a Catholic perspective, Dr. Hilkert has words of wisdom for both the novice and seasoned homilist. Even the community has a role to play: 'For both preachers and hearers of the word this means relocating the good news not in the text but in the community in dialogue with the text'(pg. 81). Dr. Hilkert writes with a wonderful combination of wit, intelligence and sensitivity. 'Naming Grace' should be purchased by anyone serious about the art of delivering a good homily. Having read many books in the course of my M.A. and M.Div studies at St. Bernard's Institute, I was truly delighted to come across the treasure I found in 'Naming Grace'