I have been Catholic for almost 13 full years. In that time I have heard nearly 700 Sunday homilies and quite a few Daily Mass homilies - probably 1,000 homilies in all. And I've heard these homilies literally all over the world, as I travel quite a bit. So I have here a solid sample.
I have NEVER heard a homily on the following sins, which are all very common sins among Catholics, and which all can potentially send us to hell ...
- Defrauding the laborer of his wages
- Receiving communion not in a state of grace
- Stubborn resistance to any Catholic teaching
... this is very strange, for these sins are not only common, but, it seems, rife within the Catholic Church.
Likewise, I have heard mentioned only very rarely (less than six times each) such issues as ...
And, really, the evil of abortion is mentioned perhaps three or four times a year, and almost as nothing more than a shibboleth.
And, even if we look at areas other than sin, there are quite a few major truths of the Catholic Faith that are hardly ever mentioned or are simply ignored, such as ...
- The redemptive grace of suffering
- Inner transformation
- The power of Christ's sacrifice as anything more than a model or a natural work to emulate
- Heaven (except as a vague place of comfort where we all end up, like the air conditioned shopping mall)
What do we hear instead? Help the poor, give to the parish fundraiser, Jesus was nice you be nice too, forgive others, don't judge, try to stand out from the crowd, gosh I'm glad you're here it shows that you care.
I think, after 13 years and 1000 homilies, something is wrong.
How does my experience compare with yours? Answer in the comment section below.
Meanwhile, you might want to take a look at one of my early blog posts, A Guide to Bad Homilies, which takes a shot at a humorous look at this same subject.