A World of Stories for Preachers and Teachers should be in the hands of every preacher, storyteller, teacher, and reader--indeed, every person seeking to impart or gain wisdom. The comprehensive thematic index makes this an indispensable resource for homilists.
Did you know that the "Twelve Days of Christmas" is a religious code in song? Or that a sandpiper comes to bring us joy? Have you read the story of St. Francis and the wolf? Or "The Angel Song," the story of a young man's escape to freedom on Christmas Eve? These newest tales (350!) from Fr. Bausch are not just a plateful of "literary twinkies" but an immense and varied menu with rich meals, wholesome lunches, and snacks, and even "Playful Fare."
These stories range in length from several pages to several on one page. All of the stories aim to nudge, provoke, and stimulate the reader and listener to resonate with the human condition, as did the stories of Jesus. They originate from different cultural settings and literary genre (legends, Scripture, lives of the saints, folk tales, family stories). Your heart and spirit will be moved by tales such as "The Tin Box," a gentle parable about memories; "St. Alexander," the story of the charcoal burner who was made a bishop; Ragman, a moving allegory of redemption; and The Doctor, a true story of compassion and respect.
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Rev. William J. Bausch is a parish priest of the diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. He is the award-winning author of numerous books on parish ministry, the sacraments, Church history, storytelling, and homiletics. His book, Traditions, Tensions, Transitions in Ministry received an honorable mention in 1983 from the Catholic Press Association; Storytelling: Imagination and Faith was awarded second place in 1985 for best pastoral work; The Total Parish Manual won first place in 1995; Brave New Church won first place in 2002; and Once Upon a Gospel won third place in 2009.
He was awarded the President’s Award in 1996 from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils for Parish Leadership, the Catholic Library Association’s Aggiornamento Award for Notable Contribution to Parish Life in 2004 and the Walter J. Burghardt, S. J. Preaching award in 2008 for his contribution to Catholic preaching. He has lectured and given workshops at such colleges and universities as Notre Dame; Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Connecticut; Boston College; Charles Carroll in Cleveland; and in most U.S. dioceses as well as abroad. His latest book is The Story Revealed, a book of homilies.
First and foremost, however, though retired from the pastorate, he remains happily engaged in his first love: being a parish priest active in assisting at three parishes, writing, and giving lectures and retreats.