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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC July 14, 2017 3 (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 WE INVITE YOU TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS. LOVING FATHER, MASTER OF THE HARVEST; PLEASE SEND MORE LABORERS TO WORK IN YOUR VINEYARD. AMEN. EVER WONDER HOW GOD CALLED BROTHER ROMEO? God called me through my openness to His plan. I had a fascination with the Mass and loved going as often as possible. BROTHER ROMEO CAPELLA www.dioceseofmarquette.org/vocations Taking aim S ome time ago, one of my friends got a new rifle and scope and was careful to properly sight or calibrate the scope. I learned from him that if someone simply mounts a scope on a rifle without sighting it, lines up the crosshairs on a tar- get 100 yards away, and pulls the trigger, it is unlikely that the bullet will actually hit the target. The scope has to be properly adjusted in order to aim with ac- curacy. Similarly, we too need some cali- bration to make true judgments about right and wrong. In the last message we reflected on the Seventh and Tenth Command- ments, thus completing our reflec- tions on the Commandments. In this message I would like to reflect on the formation of our conscience. What is our conscience? Conscience is a judgment that we make with our reason in which we recognize whether an action is good or evil. The judg- ment of conscience can be about an action that we have already done (as in an examination of conscience), one that we are about to do, or one that we are currently doing. Conscience is not a feeling that we have. Forming our conscience is similar to sighting a rifle scope. Just as a scope cannot be adjusted any way we want and expect to hit the target, so also our conscience needs to be properly calibrated so that we can make true judgments about what is right and wrong. Just as we need an objective standard to sight a scope and thus aim accurately, so also we need an objective standard to form our con- science and make accurate judgments about right and wrong. We have a moral obligation to form our conscience, which is a life-long task. We form our conscience most of all by opening ourselves to the Sacred Scriptures and the teaching of the Church. Remember that God has established right and wrong. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit support the formation of our conscience too. It is also helpful to look to the advice of wise and holy people who are living examples of the Sacred Scriptures and the teaching of the Church. The lives of the saints provide the best examples. We frequently hear it said that we are to follow our conscience. Of course, this presumes that we have properly formed it. Otherwise, just as one is likely to miss the target if his scope is uncalibrated, so also it is likely that our judgment about right and wrong will be inaccurate if our conscience is not well-formed. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO FORM OUR CONSCIENCE, WHICH IS A LIFE-LONG TASK. WE FORM OUR CONSCIENCE MOST OF ALL BY OPENING OURSELVES TO THE SACRED SCRIPTURES AND THE TEACHING OF THE CHURCH. g j JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler (CNA/EWTN News) - As the Church continues its mission of forming dis- ciples in the 21st century, a key com- ponent must be a witness of joy, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan. People may claim that they do not want faith, hope, or love. Rare is the person who does not crave joy, the New York cardinal said July 1. Cardinal Dolan was the homilist at the opening Mass for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando. The unprecedented convocation gathered bishops, priests, consecrated religious, diocesan leaders, and rep- resentatives from Catholic ministries, parishes, and organizations. The event drew some 4,000 participants, in- cluding members of 155 dioceses and roughly 200 Catholic organizations, and 160 bishops. Cardinal Dolan reflected on the convocation as a time to acknowledge Christ, and recognize how he calls us to discipleship, summons us to uni- ty, imparts to us joy, and sends us on mission. He pointed to Mary as a model of discipleship, unity, joy, and mission. In the account of the Visitation, he recalled, Mary has just been told by the Archangel Gabriel that she is to be the mother of our Savior. She is thus the first disciple, attentive to God's word, open to Jesus; she is eager for unity, closeness with her kin St. Elizabeth; she goes on a mission to tell another the glad tidings of the Lords imminent arrival; she and Elizabeth, as well as the two babies in their wombs, Jesus and St. John the Baptist, leap for joy. And it is this joy, properly under- stood, that will attract people to the message of the Gospel, the cardinal continued. True joy is not merely pleasure, giddiness, or some syrupy, superficial feel-goodness, but rather, as St. Paul teaches, a gift of the Holy Spirit. How we are tempted to concen- trate on problems, worries, bad news, scandals, darkness in the Church. Lord knows we cant ignore them, but nei- ther can we be dominated by them. We cannot become, in the folksy term of Pope Francis, a Church of sourpusses. Cardinal Dolan noted that the theme of the convention, pulled from the title of Pope Francis apostolic exhortation, is The Joy of the Gospel. In that teaching, the Holy Father proposes that discipleship united for mission will be characterized by and effective only with joy. The bishops agree that a renewal of joy is essential for a deepening of Catholic vitality and confidence today, he stressed. Cardinal Dolan: Joy is at the heart of evangelization BOHUMIL PETRIK CNA Cardinal Timothy Dolan shows his trade- mark smile at the ordination of deacons from the North American College in Rome at St. Peter Basilica on Oct. 1, 2015.

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