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6 April 14, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org For information / registration contact MaryAnn Bernier - 906-227-9115 mbernier@dioceseofmarquette.org Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Sunday, June 4, 2017 St. Louis the King Parish, Marquette Mass: 4:00 p.m. ET Dinner to follow Meet The Bishop Day Open to individuals with disabilities and their families/caregivers CATHOLIC WOMEN'S MISSION! SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 RESURRECTION CATHOLIC CHURCH 2607 18th Street, Menominee, MI 49858 906-863-3405 7:30-8:20 Registration 8:30-9:15 1st Saturday Mass 9:15-10:15 ContinentalBreakfast 10:30-11:30 God the Father-Do I know Him as my Father? 11:45-1:00 Lunch 1:15-2:15 God the Son--Do I know Him as my Savior? 2:15-2:45 Break (Resources available) 2:45-3:45 God the Holy Spirit-- Why did God give us of His Spirit? 3:45-4:20 ConfessionsandFatimaRosary 4:30-5:30 Mass ($15 includes breakfast, lunch & materials) Register by April 26th bycalling906-863-3405Ext.12 orSandyBjorkmanat906-863-6524! Sponsored by Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Menominee Sr. Ann Shields, S.G.L. , is an internationally noted conference and retreat speaker and author of numerous books on Catholic spirituality. She hosts the popular daily radio program Food for the Journey. She is a member of The Servants of God's Love, a charismatic religious community established in the Diocese of Lansing. Sr. Ann was awarded the BenemerentiMedal by Pope Benedict XVI for service to the Church. Sister Ann encourages everyone to Invite a friend. For more information visit renewalministries.net BY HANNAH BROCKHAUS CNA/EWTN NEWS On Sunday, April 2, Pope Francis said that each of us carries some kind of tomb inside our heart, whether from sin or suffering, and we can either stay bogged down in misery, focusing only on ourselves, or we can allow Jesus to come into that place and heal it. In front of the big 'why' of life we have two paths," the pope said, "to stay to watch gloomily the tombs of yesterday and of to- day, or to bring Jesus to our tombs." Yes, because each of us has a small tomb, some area that is a little bit dead inside the heart: a wound, an injury suffered or done (to us), a bitterness that does not let up, remorse that returns, a sin that you cannot overcome." We identify these today, our little tombs we have inside and invite Jesus there," he said. The Holy Father presided over Mass in the northern Italian town of Carpi, where he was making a day trip. Often, Pope Francis said, we can be tempt- ed to hide our weaknesses and sins from God, dwelling on them. "It's strange, but often we prefer to be alone in the dark caves that we have inside." Instead, invite Jesus. We are tempted to always look to ourselves, brooding and sink- ing in anguish, licking our wounds, rather than going to him, who says, 'Come to me you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'" Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel which tells the story of Lazarus' death, the sorrow of Jesus, and the miracle of Lazarus' raising. Even Jesus is shaken by the dramatic mystery of the loss of a loved one," he said. But in the midst of this suffering, he also shows us how to act. "Despite suffering him- self, Jesus was not carried away by anxiety." Jesus didn't try to escape the suffering, but he also didn't get bogged down in pessimism or gloom, the Holy Father said. Instead, he brings hope, proclaiming: "I am the resur- rection and the life; he that believes in me, though he die, shall live." So he says: 'Take away the stone' and to Lazarus shouts loudly: 'Come out!'" This is what Jesus also says to us: "Get up, get up!" Pope Francis said. In following Jesus we learn not to tie our lives close to the problems that tangle: there will always be problems always, and, when we solve one, promptly another one arrives," he pointed out. What we can do, however, is tie ourselves to the one thing that is stable and unchang- ing - Jesus, he said. "With him joy dwells in the heart, hope is reborn, pain is trans- formed into peace, fear into confidence, proof of the gift of love." We have to decide which path to take, he said: "the side of the tomb or the side of Jesus." It doesn't matter how heavy our past sins, shame or hurt may be, with Christ's grace, we can roll away the stone that is keeping him from our hearts. This is a favorable time to remove our sin, our attachment to worldly vanity, the pride that stops us the soul," he said. Visited and freed by Jesus, we ask for the grace to be witnesses of life in this world that is thirsty, witnesses that arouse and raise the hope of God in hearts weary and weighed down by sadness." He concluded: "Our announcement is the joy of the living Lord, who still says, as in Ezekiel: 'Behold, I will open your graves, I will make you get up out of your graves, O my people.'" Don't dwell on suffering, let Jesus heal LUCA BALLESTER CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY Pope Francis greets a little Indian girl at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 29, 2017. Watch the Chrism Mass homily. Visit www.youtube.com/theupcatholic

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