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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, June 30, 2012 (Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time)
The lamentations are not the poetry of despair. There are implications that God is in control.



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Today's Reading
Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19

The Book of Lamentations is a series of five poems attributed to the prophet Jeremiah commemorating the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C.

An era had come to an end. With great pathos the author (or authors) describes the mourning of the city and the people. Destruction is everywhere. Old and young alike bow their heads in sorrow. Everyone weeps. Children die of famine in their mothers’ arms. There is no source of comfort anywhere, no respite, no repose.

Yet the lamentations are not the poetry of despair. There are implications in the poetry that God is in control. All is not lost.

There is still a future, but it will be a different future than the past that God’s people had been used to.

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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