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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, July 26, 2013 (Sts. Joachim and Anne)
God’s commandments are the manual of instructions about how we work best.



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Today's Reading
Ex. 20:1-17

God gives His law to His people soon after they get out of Egypt. This is not just to keep them in order but is as much a part of their liberation as was the crossing of the Red Sea.

All good law is liberating because it frees us from various kinds of oppression. The discipline that accompanies law takes from us the burden of randomness and insensitivity.

God’s commandments are not orders from the boss; a list of what we have to do to keep Him happy. They are, rather, the manual of instructions about how we work best. We are happiest when we follow the directions that God has given us.

The commandments are gifts, not burdens, and they call for our gratitude.

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Emeritus 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 of 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. Archbishop Pilarczyk’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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