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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, August 04, 2012 (St. John Vianney)
People often find themselves morally where they don’t want to be.


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Today's Reading
Matt. 14:1-12

John the Baptist’s memory lived in the conscience of Herod the tetrarch. Herod couldn’t convince himself that John was really dead.

There was reason for Herod to have a guilty conscience. John had brought the king into a sordid dilemma. The king feared John and had him arrested but was afraid to get rid of him because of public opinion. Finally Herod’s wife maneuvers him into the murder that he had been afraid to perpetrate before. He has John killed so as not to be embarrassed in front of his guests. Herod’s wickedness led from one crime to another.

People often find themselves morally where they don’t want to be. Our own sinfulness can lead us far astray if we are not careful about beginnings.

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk,  the eighth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally prominent churchman, educator and author. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959, after studies in Rome. He was ordained bishop in 1974 and installed as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 1982, where he served until his retirement in 2009. In addition to a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Urban University, he holds an M.A. in classics from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Cincinnati. He has written more than a dozen popular books and many pamphlets and articles. His best-selling book is Twelve Tough Issues – And More. His most recent books are When God Speaks and Live Letters. The archbishop’s service to the American church includes terms as vice president (1986-1989) and president (1989-1992) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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