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Sharing the Word Program for Thursday, November 01, 2012 (Solemnity of All Saints)
Jesus’ sermon on the mount offers an overview of what it takes to be a saint.



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Today's Reading
Matt. 5:1-12a

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints. This celebration does not just include those men and women who have been canonized, but everybody who lives the life of the Lord, here and now and in the kingdom of heaven.

The gospel reading is from Jesus’ sermon on the mount and offers an overview of what it takes to be a saint, to participate in the people of God.

It’s important, though, to remember that we don’t earn membership in the company of the saints. We become members by responding to the invitation and the capability that Jesus confers on us when we are made part His community.

We might ask ourselves to what extent we are saints and what that means to us.

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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