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Sharing the Word Program for Thursday, October 11, 2012 (Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time)
We need to be persistent in prayer to expect and appreciate what God does for us.



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Today's Reading
Luke 11:5-13

Jesus continues to teach His followers about prayer, an important element of discipleship.

Jesus speaks first, about God’s willingness to give us the things we need. Would a neighbor refuse a neighbor in need? Would a father refuse to provide food for his children? We don’t need to wonder whether God is looking after us.

Jesus also talks about persistence. “Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking,” Jesus says. “Ýou will receive. You will find. Doors will be opened to you.” But we must be persistent in our approach to God.

We need to be persistent in prayer not for the sake of informing God of our needs, but to train ourselves to expect and appreciate what God does for us.

Am I persistent in prayer?

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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