"Fr. Joe" Quigley, SJ. who for many years ran the Newman Center next to UMass/Amherst (and also co-hitched my wife and I and baptized our first three children) knew how to deliver a homily in such a way that all the "power-point" wizards of today could only salivate at.
"Fr. Joe" could talk a starving dog off a meatwagon and sell Klondike bars to Eskimos on Christmas Eve ... and yet he managed to deliver his homilies so that they stuck to the assigned readings for each given Mass, and give the message in his famously (or infamously---depending on how impatient you were or if the A/C in the building broke down) THREE POINT SYSTEM. He’d drive the “purists” nuts by not getting into in to the chief topic until he got in a few comments about the basketball or football teams and also Notre Dame, (always adding this, “all those fine Irish Catholic young men on the front lines…” which always brought out laughs)… though he was a BC -educated Jesuit who answered a late calling right after WWII.
Sometimes you even got in a few laugher-“war stories” about how he “liberated” Bologna, Italy and marveled at the Army making him an artillery spotter though he was “blind as a bat.” On other times he'd rightfully rip into “uncaring” parents of so many lonely kids from the Boston area -- only 90 miles to the east (we're considered to be out in God's French and Indian War boonies out here) -- for not coming out more to see them—at least once during the semester and he was hardest on the parents of freshmen. THEN he'd get into the homily. Guess what though, his Masses were no longer than anybody else's ... and certainly no longer with a full litany and his "3 Pointers" than what one local evangelical pastor's services were like with his full Sermons.
Unlike the longer sermons, some of them “serialized,” with their “power point” razzle-dazzle screens, (and I’m not exactly sure as to how much of those serial sermons could be said to contain at leaslt 50 “local content,” etc., “Fr. Joe” needed only his voice, the assigned readings and what was really on both his mind and in his heart.
Do you have a “Fr. Joe” in your parish, diocese or serving a local college’s Newman Ctr/club? Tell him to keep it up, show the young priests how to follow in his footsteps and always how to get God’s Truths out during Mass after Mass (and afterwards) from their hearts first, heads second, and may God forbid, computerized programs last. (Better still, NEVER.)
People will remember a short homily delivered from the heart long after any sermon, no matter how well pre-packaged and promoted as “exciting … challenging … full of awesome facts” – especially if that sermon lasts longer than ten minutes MAX.