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(USPS 916-360 ISSN 10634525) THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Newspaper of the Diocese of Marquette Publisher: Most Rev. John F. Doerfler Editor: John Fee Assistant Editor: Jamie Gualdoni Advertising Manager: Deacon Stephen Gretzinger Administrative Assistant: Sheila Wickenheiser Direct all news, correspondence and changes of address to: 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. Postal authorities direct Form 3579 to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. The U.P. CATHOLIC is the official publication of the Diocese of Marquette. All notices and regulations, appointments, assignments, etc., issued under the caption 'Official' are to be regarded as official communications of the Diocese of Marquette. Opinion columns, letters to the editor and advertisements that appear in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions held by The U.P. Catholic or the Diocese of Marquette. The diocese is prohibited from endorsing candidates for public office. Office of Publication: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, Michigan. Periodical postage paid at Marquette, Michigan, 49855 and at additional entry office. Published semimonthly except during January, June, July, August, September, and November. The U.P. Catholic is provided to all registered U.P. parishioners. The cost for subscribers who are not registered members of a parish in the Marquette Diocese is $25/year. Advertising is $14.86/col inch unless specified otherwise. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS or SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS CALL (906) 227-9104 Telephone: (906) 227-9131 Toll Free: 1-800-562-9745 (ext. 131) FAX: (906) 225-0437 ADVERTISING Toll-Free: (866) 452-5112 E-Mail: Editorial - editor@dioceseofmarquette.org Advertising - upc@new.rr.com www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC January 20, 2017 3 BENJAMIN RIVARD Holy Family, Gladstone Sacred Heart Major Seminary WE INVITE YOU TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS. LOVING FATHER, MASTER OF THE HARVEST; PLEASE SEND MORE LABORERS TO WORK IN YOUR VINEYARD. AMEN. www.dioceseofmarquette.org/vocations DID YOU KNOW BEN'S - favorite Saint is St. Therese of Lisieux because of her childlike simplicity and trust in the Lord inspires him deeply? - favorite prayer is the Mass? Another favorite is silent Eucharistic Adoration. I n my last message in this se- ries, I began a reflection on the Sixth and Ninth Command- ments, which invite us to live a chaste life. I would like to continue the reflection in this message. The Churchs teaching on human sexuality can be understood in terms of living holistically, that is, integrating body, mind and spirit in a mutual gift and ac- ceptance of persons. Chastity is the vir- tue that helps us live holistically. It helps us to integrate body, mind and spirit to foster the mutual gift and acceptance of persons. By in- tegrating the desires of the body with the mind and the spirit, we develop the interior ability to say yes to the acts proper to marriage when they appropriately express the mutual gift and acceptance of persons, and no when they do not. Lust is a sin of the mind that views another person as an object to be used and is contrary to the mutu- al gift and acceptance of persons. Yet how do we know when sexual thoughts are sinful, when they are acts of lust? First, it is not wrong for a husband and wife to have thoughts and desires for each other that are consistent with the mutual gift and acceptance of persons. Second, it is not sinful to have a sexual thought just enter your mind about some- one to whom you are not married. There is a difference between the normal sexual thoughts and feelings that arise, temptations to lust, and entertaining those thoughts. To be sinful, lustful thoughts have to be voluntary. In his book The Courage to be Chaste, Father Benedict Groeschel provides a helpful guide to distin- guish mere sexual thoughts from lust. We can ask ourselves three questions: 1. When a thought comes into my mind, did I voluntarily add to or augment that thought? 2. Did I respond to the thought in any physical way, such as voluntary arousal or some other action to aug- ment that thought, for example by looking at stimulating images? 3. When I became aware of what I was doing, did I refuse to turn my attention to something else? If the answer to these questions is yes, especially the third, then we have crossed the line to lust. To avoid lust, it will not work to keep telling ourselves over and over again, I will not think bad thoughts! We need to be realistic. It is part of being human for sexu- al thoughts to enter our mind. We should avoid being anxious when that happens; otherwise, the anx- iety will just make matters worse. Instead, when we become aware of lustful thoughts, it is best simply to say a prayer and engage our mind in some healthy outlet, such as good music. In addition, we should be careful of what we watch and what we read so that we can avoid temp- tations to lust. By doing so we are living holistically, integrating body, mind and spirit to foster the true mutual gift and acceptance of per- sons. JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler Living holistically: Part II BY INTEGRATING THE DESIRES OF THE BODY WITH THE MIND AND THE SPIRIT, WE DEVELOP THE INTERIOR ABILITY TO SAY "YES" TO THE ACTS PROPER TO MARRIAGE WHEN THEY APPROPRIATELY EXPRESS THE MUTUAL GIFT AND ACCEPTANCE OF PERSONS, AND NO" WHEN THEY DO NOT. Get involved in next week's March for Life Jan. 22 marks 44 years since the United States Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade was decided, making abortion legal throughout the U.S. To stand up for the unborn, hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters will gather in our nations capital on Jan. 27 for the annual March for Life. Typically the march is held on the ac- tual anniversary, however it has been pushed back due to the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. This year, the Diocese of Marquette will be represented by more than 40 pilgrims traveling with the Yoopers for Life group. If youre not attending the march itself, there are still ways to get involved. The first is by following our pil- grims on social media. Live updates throughout the pilgrimage will be posted on The U.P. Catholic Face- book and Twitter pages. Visit www. Facebook.com/TheUPCatholic or www.Twitter.com/TheUPCatholic. You do not need to have a Facebook or Twitter account to view posts on The U.P. Catholics social media pages. Coverage will begin when our pilgrims leave the Upper Peninsula on Jan. 24 to Washington, D.C. Another way to get involved is by participating in the 9 Days for Life Novena, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bish- ops (USCCB). The nine-day period of prayer, penance and pilgrimage will run from Jan. 21-29. The simple novena is available with different prayer intentions, brief reflections, suggested acts of reparation and recommended reading for each day. For more pro-life resources or to subscribe to receive the novena by text message, email, an app, or download the printable revisions, visit, www.9daysforlife. com. JAMIE GUALDONI THE U.P. CATHOLIC Youth from throughout the diocese prepare to march during the 2015 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

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