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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC September 1, 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 BENJAMIN RIVARD All Saints, 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 HOW GOD CALLED BEN... God called me through a love and desire for the Sacraments, especially for the Eucharist. I felt called not by one big moment in which God clearly told me my vocation, but by a progression of many desires and confirmations which led me to where I am now. God's gift of prayer M y last message brought to a close our series of re- lections on the moral life, which is a section of a lon- ger series on the new evangelization. The reflections on the moral life help us to be a friend of Jesus, because what we freely and deliberately choose to do affects our relationships with others, including our relationship with Jesus. This message begins our next series of reflections on prayer to help us deepen our friend- ship with Jesus. Prayer is a gift from God. We cannot pray merely on our own efforts. He takes the initiative to draw us closer to him, and by the grace of God we re- spond to his invitation with prayer. All relationships involve an initiative and a response. For example, if a man and a woman go on a date, it does not just happen. There has to be an invitation to go on the date and an acceptance of the invitation. God always takes the initiative with us, and he gives us the grace to respond to him. Thus, prayer is our free response in grace to accept God's invitation to a loving relation- ship with him. Quoting St. John Damascene, the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines prayer as the raising of one's mind and heart to God or requesting of good things from God (CCC, 2559). The raising of our mind and heart to God is not merely active, because we cannot do it completely by ourselves. Yet prayer is not passive, because it involves an effort on our part. Prayer is receptive. In raising our minds and hearts to God, our role is to open ourselves to his activity in our hearts, to be receptive to his initiative in our lives. As an analogy, prayer is like catch- ing a ball. We cannot catch it unless someone first throws it to us. Then we need to open our hands to receive it. In prayer, God wishes to speak to our minds and our hearts, and we need to open our lives to receive him. The ultimate reason for prayer is love, to respond to God's love by lov- ing him in return. God calls us to an intimate relationship with him, and we must take time alone with him who dwells within us to foster that friend- ship. We see this desire to be with the Lord in the calling of the disciples. In the Gospel of John 1:35-39, two of John the Baptist's disciples were fol- lowing Jesus. When Jesus asked what they were looking for they asked him where he was staying. He invited them to come and see and they stayed with him. Likewise, Jesus invites us to stay with him. In our prayer, let us make a generous response to the Lord's invi- tation to stay with him in the quiet of our hearts. THE ULTIMATE REASON FOR PRAYER IS LOVE, TO RESPOND TO GOD'S LOVE BY LOVING HIM IN RETURN. GOD CALLS US TO AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM, AND WE MUST TAKE TIME ALONE WITH HIM WHO DWELLS WITHIN US TO FOSTER THAT FRIENDSHIP. JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Mar- quette, announces the following: Reverend John Hascall , reappointed as pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Mission, Sault Ste. Marie, and Holy Fami- ly Mission, Barbeau, for a term of six years, while remaining pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Mission, Bay Mills. Rev. John Hascall (CNA/EWTN News) - As the civil war in South Sudan heightens, millions are leeing their homes for safer ground, which many have found at St. Mary Help of Christian's Cathedral in Wau. Those who flee believe that even reb- els still fear God and would not slaughter civilians in the backyard of a church, said Father Moses Peter, a priest at St. Mary's, according to IRIN News. Many other churches have also taken in hundreds of people, he said. South Sudan has been in the middle of a brutal civil war for the past three- and-a-half years, which has divided the young country between those loyal to its President Salva Kiir and those loyal to former vice president Reik Machar. The conflict has also bred various divisions of militia and opposition groups. Since the beginning of the war, around 4 million citizens have left the violence-stricken country, in hopes of finding peace, food and work. This week, neighboring Uganda received the one-millionth South Sudanese refugee. For those who have not fled the nation, many internally displaced persons (IDPs) are seeking refuge in churches - including St. Mary Cathedral, which is the country's largest church. More than 10,000 people now seek shelter there. The city of Wau had gone years with- out being touched by the brutality of the war, which originally drew IDPs to the area. But that changed this spring, when the conflict widened its reach to the area. Among the IDPs are usually women, children and those who have lost most of their families in the war. Many are too fearful to stay in their homes because they know they could be killed, tortured, raped or even forced into fighting. Soldiers burned our houses, took our cattle, and almost murdered my whole village, said Maria, a disabled, elderly woman who has been living at St. Mary's for the past year. A blind man named Juda, who is also staying at St. Mary's, said that he has nothing to return to, so I will wait here in the church. While the 61-year-old church wel- comes those seeking refuge, it is running low on food supplies. It has been four months since the last food distribution from the World Food Programme. Despite successful partnerships be- tween the local church, aid agencies and government, the refugees are still in need of a proper supply of food. Howev- er, the church has made recent upgrades, including water pumps, toilets, class- rooms,andhealthices,whichwereset up by international aid agencies. Thousands of South Sudanese find refuge in cathedral

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