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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, June 29, 2012 (Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles)
St. Paul takes satisfaction in his faithfulness, knowing that God will confer on him an appropriate reward.



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Today's Reading
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul; in some parts of the Church, a Holy Day of Obligation.

There is a wide selection of readings available for this day. One of the most moving is from Paul’s Letter to Timothy.

St. Paul is engaging in a kind of apostolic retrospect, looking back over the years, reminiscing with Timothy about his ministerial career.

He takes satisfaction in his faithfulness. He knows that God will confer on him an appropriate reward. The Lord has rescued him from danger and will bring him safe to the heavenly kingdom.

What gives St. Paul grounds for satisfaction offers encouragement to every minister of the gospel. We, too, have grounds for gratitude in our service of the Lord.

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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