How to Preach


One day, St. Francis of Assisi said to one of his young monks at the Portiuncula, “Let us go down to the town and preach!”

The novice, delighted at being singled out to be the companion of Francis, obeyed with excitement. They passed through the principal streets, turned down many of the byways and alleys, made their way into the suburbs, and at great length returned by a circuitous route to the monastery gate.

As they approached it, the younger man reminded Francis of his original intention. “You have forgotten, Father, that we went to the town to preach!”

“My son,” Francis replied, “we have preached. We were preaching while we were walking. We have been seen by many; our behavior has been closely watched; it was thus that we preached our morning sermon. It is of no use, my son, to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere as we walk.”

The unknown writer said it well. “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day. I’d rather one would walk with me than merely show the way.”

Your job is to preach every day. And on a few occasions, this may even involve words.

Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).


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