A presentation from the GTU's Panel Discussion on December 6, 2002
by William R. O'Neill, S.J.Associate Professor of Social EthicsJesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
"Preach!" Butthe world is vile and violent, Lord;there is no word of peace."Preach!"Because the world is vile and violent;be my word of peace.
My very first homily, now many years ago, was given in Tabora, Tanzania. I had been invited to preach, while still in language school, by the pastor of our large parish. And I had spent the better part of a month trying to put my words into reasonably acceptable kiswahili. I was,...