TREATISE ON PREACHING
Look to the ministry which thou has received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it. – Col. 4:17.
Whoever holds an office and does not know his obligations is certain through ignorance to do it badly, as happens to a cantor who is ignorant of the rubrics of the Divine Office.
This is noted in the Book of Kings about the sons of the high priest Heli, who conducted themselves badly in the priesthood, “not knowing the office of the priests to the people” (Kings 2:13).
St. Paul wished the priest who held the office of preacher among the Colossians to be capable. He recommended, as is explained in the sacred text itself, that he make his office of preaching the subject of serious reflection, in order to acquire the qualities necessary to acquit himself worthily. So it is of first importance for a preacher to study carefully and establish precisely what his ministry consists of, and all that relates to it.
In order that all may understand this more easily we shall present the seven following considerations in seven successive chapters.
1. THE QUALITIES OF THIS OFFICE.
2. THE QUALITIES WHICH THE PREACHER CHARGED WITH THIS OFFICE OUGHT TO HAVE.
3. HOW HE OUGHT TO ENTER UPON IT.
4. THE EXERCISE OF PREACHING.
5. THE OMMISSION OR REFUSAL OF PREACHING.
6. THE EFFECTS WHICH PREACHING PRODUCES.
7. A FEW POINTS CONNECTED WITH THE MINISTRY OF PREACHING.
To Praise * to Bless * to Preach