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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC BARAGA DAYS August 19, 2016 7 So many stubborn and ignorant voters supporting" "you choose the silliest comments to get riled up over." These two labels are created just to keep the dumb under control." You are ignorant and pathetic" because they are stupid and can't under- stand." T hese are the intel- lectual cornerstones of the top dozen or so comments for a recent news story posted on- line. It's a sad reflection of the state of political debate in this country. With no effort re- quired to represent both sides of the aisle, the comments just happen to equally include those taking liberal and those taking conservative stands. Okay, I get it. Its hard to be a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of political candidates or parties anymore. However, isnt our political state a reflection of the state of our culture? An ad hominem attack criticizing the per- son rather than challenging the persons ideas used to be a sign of a weak argument. Now it seems to be on the verge of becoming the status quo . Colleges used to proudly be centers of lively debate. Now weve reached a point where some students are demanding institutions of higher learning become safe places from chal- lenging ideas. Sadly, these demands for a safe place extend beyond the ivy walls and into the church pews. Rather than seeking sound teaching to help us answer the difficult questions of our society, some demand to be affirmed in following the culture's flavor of the day. Lord, teach me the way of your statutes Lead me in the path of your commands, for that is my delight, (Psalms 119:33a, 35) has become For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4) What can we do to bring society around? Beats me. But I can do something about myself. Instead of dismissing people I disagree with politically, I can try to understand where theyre coming from and engage in real conver- sation. Rather than racing to think of a rebuttal when confronted by those who disagree with me, I can take the time to hear them out and try to understand them before speaking. When my pastors homily challenges me politically or per- sonally, I can listen and see if perhaps theres something I should change in my own life to be a better Christian. Its going to take prayer and the Holy Spirit to ix our society, and I can let Him begin with me. Let it begin with me j HERE AM I John Fee This years annual Baraga Days, honoring Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga, is scheduled to take place in Marquette, Sept. 10-11. On Saturday, a presentation will be held at 3 p.m. in the St. Michael parish hall by Dr. James Surrell. His presentation is titled, The Life and Mission of Venerable Bish- op Baraga, which will focus on the mission sites of Bishop Baragas ministry. In addition, there will be a Slovenian Mass beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Peter Cathedral. Following the Mass, dinner and fellowship will be offered in the St. Peter Cathe- dral parish hall at 8 p.m. Res- ervations are required for both the afternoon presentation and the dinner. A Solemn English language Mass will be held in conjunction with the regular St. Peter Cathe- dral Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. Following the Mass, a banquet and annual meeting of the Bish- op Baraga Association will take place at North- ern Michigan University, beginning at noon. During the weekend, tours of The Baraga Chapel, St. Peter Cathedral, The Bishop Baraga Association and The Baraga House will be of- fered. Tours of The Baraga Chapel and St. Peter Cathedral will be available both days from 8 until 10 a.m. The Baraga House (615 S. Fourth Street, Marquette), where Bishop Baraga spent his last hours, along with the Bishop Baraga Association (347 Rock Street, Marquette), where artifacts of Bishop Baragas life can be found, will be open on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Sunday from 8 until 10 a.m. Those attending Saturdays dinner, Sundays banquet, or Saturday afternoons pre- sentation are asked to make reservations no later than Aug. 25. Saturdays meal is $12 per person, and Sundays meal is $17 per person. Payments can be mailed to: Bishop Baraga Association 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. A complete schedule of events, along with more information is available on the Bishop Baraga Association page on the Diocese of Marquettes website at www.dioceseofmar- quette.org/baragadays. Bishop Frederic Baraga Days set for Marquette in September Find us on facebook! Visit www.facebook.com/ theupcatholic

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