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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, August 20, 2012 (St. Bernard)
Giving away our resources has to be part of our Christian spirituality.



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Today's Reading
Matt. 19:16-22

Today we meet the rich young man who wants to know how to gain eternal life. Jesus advises him to sell what he has and give to the poor.

Wealth and resources interfere with gaining eternal life. They give us a sense of security. They undermine our awareness of being dependent on God.

Giving away our resources has to be part of our Christian spirituality.

It’s not a matter of reducing ourselves to penury but of regular sharing, regular giving away. This is not just in order to benefit the recipient of our giving, but to keep ourselves in a posture of generosity.

Followers of Christ are called to stewardship, giving, not just because the other needs to receive, but because we need to give.

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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