BlackFriars Volume II, Issue II - Page 8

THE ART OF PREACHING Do you ever wonder what makes an effective preacher? As a young priest, Fulton Sheen was given this advice: Always keep current; know what the modern world is thinking about; read its poetry, its history, its literature; observe its architecture and art; hear its music and its theatre; and then plunge deeply into Saint Thomas Aquinas and you will be able to purify it of errors. A Dominican professor at the Angelicum once remarked, “You see that priest over there? He will be the next Fulton Sheen!” He was pointing at a young Fathe ȁI