TREATISE ON PREACHING
Humbert of Romans
Fifth Master General of the Order of Preachers

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE

AUTHORíS PREFACE

Chapter One: QUALITIES OF PREACHING

Its Excellence 
II  Its Necessity 
III  Its Agreeableness in the Eyes of God 
IV  The Benefits Which It Brings to Preachers; The office of Preaching 
Benefits of Preaching for Mankind 
VI  Difficulties of the Office of Preacher 

Chapter Two: THE QUALITIES NECESSARY FOR PREACHING

VII  The Preacher's Life 
VIII  Knowledge Required by a Preacher 
IX  The Language of the Preacher 
Of the Merit of the Preacher 
XI  The Person of the Preacher 
XII  Some Figures of the Preacher 

Chapter Three: HOW ONE SHOULD BEGIN THIS OFFICE

XIII  Wrong Motives Which Lead Some to Undertake the Office of Preaching 
XIV  Concerning the Evils Resulting from the Untimely Undertaking of This Office 

Chapter Four: CONCERNING THE EXERCISE OF PREACHING

XV  The Culpability of Those Who Neglect to Preach 
XVI  Concerning the Wicked Reasons Why Some Do Not Wish to Preach 
XVII  Defects of Judgment Which Are Harmful to the Preacher 
XVIII  Conditions Favorable for Discharging This Office Well 
XIX  Qualities of Good Preaching 
XX  Motives for Devoting Oneself to Preaching When One is Capable of It 

Chapter Five: OMITTING TO PREACH OR REFUSING TO LISTEN

XXI  Exterior Causes of Omission or Refusal 
XXII  Personal Causes of Omission or Refusal 
XXIII  The Harmful Results of Omitting to Preach or of Refusing to Listen 

Chapter Six: THE EFFECTS OF PREACHING

XXIV  Causes of Sterility 
XXV  Causes Which Spoil the Good That Preaching Produces 
XXVI  Causes Which Render Preaching Injurious 
XXVII  The Good Results of Preaching 
XXVIII  Why We Should Listen to Preaching 
XXIX  How it Should be Put Into Practice 

Chapter Seven: DIVERSE SUBJECTS CONNECTED WITH PREACHING

XXX  Travelling: Biblical Figures 
XXXI  Preachers Traveling: Encouragement of Apostolic Journeys 
XXXII  The Preacher on a Journey: Things to Avoid 
XXXIII  The Preacher on a Journey: Laudable Practices to be Observed 
XXXIV  The Necessity of Conducting Oneself Well 
XXXV  The Conditions Necessary for Exemplary Conduct 
XXXVI  Means Which Will Insure Good Conduct 
XXXVII  The Reproach Incurred by Those Whose Conversation is not Edifying 
XXXVIII  The Guilt Incurred by Those Whose Conversation is Entirely Worldly 
XXXIX  What Must be Observed in Conversation in Order That it be Edifying 
XL  The Preacher Who Receives Secular Hospitality 
XLI  The Preacher in Secular Affairs 
XLII  The Preacher Giving Counsel 
XLIII  The Preacher Exercising the Ministry of Confession 
XLIV  Preambles or Exordia of Conferences and Sermons 



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Text from the 1951 Newman Press edition, Walter Conlon O.P. editor

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