On the Border of Literature and Preaching

  • Leszek Pintal John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
Keywords: homily, belles-lettres, homiletic preaching, sacrum, theology of literature, theological places


Various milieus have shown concern about the need and necessity to renew homiletic preaching. Benedict XVI has marked this important problem for the contemporary Church when he reminded us: “In view of the significance of the word of God it is necessary to improve the quality of homilies.” One way to renew preaching may consist in introducing some elements of literature. The sphere of sacrum is the area where literature and theology meet. Literature may therefore find its place in homiletic preaching and may essentially contribute to the renewal of the quality of preaching today.