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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, August 27, 2012 (St. Monica)
All religious practice, including the practice of Christianity, runs the risk of becoming superficial.


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Today's Reading
Matt. 23:13-22

The pious practices and teachings of Jesus’ enemies were not totally irreligious. They had some foundation in the law of God. They were directed toward the service of God.

But often these practices became more important than the religious values from which they sprung. The secondary became more important than the primary. The expression of a religious truth became more significant than the truth it represented.

All religious practice, including the practice of Christianity, runs the risk of becoming superficial. We have to be constantly careful that our religious practices are closely and clearly connected with the basics: the love and service of God and thoughtful care for our neighbor.

What religious practices are a part of my life? How sincere, how authentic are they?

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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