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I n the last four messages, we re- lected on the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. In this message, I would like to reflect on the Eighth Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Because Jesus is the way the truth and the life, we are called to bear witness to the truth and avoid misrepre- senting the truth. Because God is the source of all truth, misrepresenting the truth offends God. God gave us the gift of speech to communi- cate the truth with one another and so forge relationships of trust. Trust is essential to all relationships, and mis- representing the truth undermines that trust. Our trust for someone grows when we know that he or she will tell us the truth, even when it is difficult to do so. We are tempted to misrepresent the truth in many ways. Lying is speaking a falsehood with the intention of deceiving. (CCC, 2482) Ly- ing is contrary to the love of our neigh- bor. It betrays trust and intends to lead the other into error. False witness and perjury, which is false witness under oath, are particular- ly grave. Such public statements con- trary to the truth undermine justice and contribute to either the condemnation of the innocent or exoneration of the guilty. Rash judgment is assuming as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor. (CCC, 2477) This is what Jesus means when he tells us not to judge our neighbor. There is a differ- ence between judging whether actions are morally right or wrong (something we must do) and judging whether a per- son has moral fault in committing such an action. For example, a person might not be fully morally culpable for the action due to mitigating factors such as ignorance, inadvertence, duress, fear, habit, inordinate attachments and other psychological or social factors. (CCC, 1735). Detraction is disclosing the faults of others to people who did not know them without an objectively valid reason. Calumny is stating false things about others and thus harms their reputations and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them. (cf. CCC 2477) Sins such as rash judgment, detraction and calumny fail to respect another's reputa- tion. Love of neighbor moves us to avoid harming their reputation in any way. If we truly love others, we will not put them in situations in which they feel that they are being pressured to lie. For example, we should avoid curiosity and mind our own business. We should not expect to know or ask people about confidential information. In addition, we should not ask people questions or invite their opinion unless we want an honest answer. For example, when you are trying on clothes, do not ask another person how you look, unless you would welcome and be grateful for an honest answer. God gave us the gift of speech. Let us show our gratitude for that gift by using it to do good, to tell the truth and respect the reputations of others. 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CATHOLIC May 5, 2017 3 To tell the truth and nothing but the truth Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Mar- quette, announces the fol- lowing diaconate changes: Effective immediately: Deacon Don Chris- ty, granted retirement status with our gratitude and appre- ciation for his years of service to the Diocese of Marquette. Deacon William Hemes , granted retirement status with our grat- itude and appreciation for his years of service to the Diocese of Mar- quette. OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Deacon Don Christy D t r s o a c h Deacon William Hemes JOSHUA SAMPSON Recently accepted as a Seminarian. 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 JOSH'S... - favorite saint is John Paul II. He had so much joy and wisdom that he showed throughout his life even with all the heart- aches and struggles he went through. He showed what it means to be a modern saint. - favorite form of prayer is Eucharistic adora- tion and benediction, I love praying before the exposed Real Presence of Jesus and there is a great beauty that I find in benediction. GOD GAVE US THE GIFT OF SPEECH TO COMMUNICATE THE TRUTH WITH ONE ANOTHER AND SO FORGE RELATIONSHIPS OF TRUST. TRUST IS ESSENTIAL TO ALL RELATIONSHIPS, AND MISREPRESENTING THE TRUTH UNDERMINES THAT TRUST. (CNA/EWTN News) - Archbishop Jos Antonio Eguren of Piura and Tumbes, Peru visited the inhabitants of one of the areas most affected by the re- cent floods in northern Peru, who asked him to help them get some Bibles. According to the Archdiocese of Piu- ra, a group of victims from the Pedregal Chico settlement in Baja Piura ap- proached the archbishop last week and asked him for some Bibles because the ones they had were lost in the flood. They said that the Word of God is essential for them and for the continui- ty of their family catechetical programs and ongoing catechesis they have im- plemented in their village, said a news brief from the archdiocese. Archbishop Eguren promised to get the Bibles and assured the victims that the love of God does not abandon them nor has he forgotten them. The archbishop, accompanied by volunteers and authorities from the charitable group Caritas, brought three tons of food supplies for the more than 300 families in this area, who were hard hit by the Piura River overflowing in recent weeks. The river waters obliterated homes, workshops, plazas, ranches and farm ields, completely flooding the village and reaching a level of five feet. To save their lives, the villagers had to leave everything behind and flee with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Much of the village has been buried under a thick layer of muck. Some 80 percent of the homes have been demol- ished, while rice and cotton fields have been destroyed. They just ask that we don't forget about their situation and that we help them so they can recover. They are people of deep faith and de- spite everything they have suffered they have not lost hope or the desire to go on, since they're sure that with the help of the love of God, their desire to work and our aid they will be able to again see their people better off than before, the news brief concludes. Peruvian villagers lost everything in flood, ask for Bibles

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