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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (St. Ignatius of Antioch)
The Pharisees' teaching makes God’s law into a set of burdens instead of a source of joy.


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Today's Reading
Luke 11:42-26

It is good to perform religious practices, like prayer and acts of reverence. But we have to perform them with attention of the heart. Otherwise these actions are mere formalities and can lead us to believe that we are being religious when we are only putting on a show--for others or for ourselves.

In today’s reading Jesus condemns the Pharisees on several counts. They are more attentive to their own egos than to the love of God. Being important is very important to them. Their teaching makes God’s law, which is supposed to be a source of joy, into a set of burdens. This is not the kind of religious practice that is pleasing to God.

How sincere am I in my religious practices?

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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