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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
The Church only makes sense in light of Christ. So does Mary.



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Today's Reading
Rev. 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab

The reading from Revelation assigned for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is about Mary and the Church.

The Solemnity of the Assumption--and our reading--teach us that Mary represents the whole people of God, that she is an image, a model of the Church. What she did is what the Church does, and vice versa. The Church offers Christ to the world. So did Mary. The Church only makes sense in light of Christ. So does Mary. We cannot properly venerate the Blessed Mother without including Christ and the Church, nor rightly conceive of the Church without Mary.

Today we offer God thanks: thanks for our Blessed Mother, thanks for the Church, and thanks for our heavenly future that she represents.

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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