Saint Paul writing to the Romans said, “How are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?” (10:14) Preaching is not the priest’s responsibility alone. Nor is it to be restricted to Sunday Mass and within the four walls of a church. God’s word needs to be preached in season and out of season, to everyone, now and for all time! The Speaking Word: Homilies That Inspire will be of immense help to understanding and applying God’s word to one’s daily life, in the process revitalizing and enriching reader and listener alike.