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Jesus casts out devils today in the power of His Church.



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Today's Reading
Luke 11:15-26

This reading is about power, the power of the devil and the power of Jesus.

Some in the crowd said that Jesus cast out devils by the power of the devils themselves. Jesus dismisses that comment and says that what He does is a sign that He is stronger than the devil.

Jesus still casts out devils today in the power of His Church. The Church practices formal ritual exorcism on occasion. More frequently the Church deals with the power of the devil in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in prayer, through the support that the faithful offer one another.

Jesus’ present power over the devil should come as no surprise. He is still the Lord, still the same loving and powerful Jesus He always was.

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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