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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, August 10, 2012 (St. Lawrence)
Martyrdom is not for everybody. Yet all of us are called to struggle as part of our life of faith.



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Today's Reading
John 12:24-26

Today is the feast of the martyr St. Lawrence. In the gospel Jesus tells His disciples that they have to be willing to give up their lives to follow Him. “The grain of wheat must die. If you want to hang on to your life, you will lose it.”

This is the conviction that enabled the martyrs to face death. Dying for their faith was the prelude to eternal life.

Most of us are not called to give up our lives for our faith. Martyrdom is not for everybody.

Yet all of us are called to struggle as part of our life of faith. It’s not easy to be a believer. It never has been and never will be.

What does my faith cost me?

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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