A young, newly ordained priest noticed after a few weeks at his first parish that people were falling asleep during his homilies. Dismayed, he sought out the pastor. “Father, people are falling asleep during my homilies. What can I do?” “Well, my boy,” answered the pastor, “it’s all a matter of practice. For the next week sit in your study and practice your homily in front of a mirror, adding some gestures and varying your voice tone.” Encouraged, the young priest did as the pastor had suggested. Come Friday, the two priests were having lunch. The pastor asked, “Well, how did it go?” “I’m not sure,” replied the young priest. “I fell asleep.”
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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.