"The role of the homilist
is to help people
between the reality of
their lives and the reality
of the gospel...to help them
see how God in Jesus Christ has entered and
identified himself with
the human realities of pain
and happiness.”

The Homily in the Sunday Assembly

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

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