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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, August 11, 2012 (St. Clare of Assisi)
If you have trusting faith in me, even a little, Jesus says, you can accomplish practically anything.


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Today's Reading
Matt. 17:14-20

The issue in this narrative is not the cure of the afflicted boy. It is the inability of the disciples to effect the cure.

The disciples are downcast because they could not cure the child. They ask Jesus, after He had cured him, ”Why couldn’t we drive out the demon?” Jesus is annoyed with them and refers to them as a faithless and perverse generation who couldn’t drive out the demon because of their little faith.

The disciples have faith that consists in understanding and assent. But that’s not enough. They need the faith that involves trust, not in their own power, but in the power of Jesus. If you have trusting faith in me, even a little, Jesus says, you can accomplish practically anything.

What kind of faith do I have?

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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