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24 September 16, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org The Golden Age! We are now accepting advertisements for our Golden Age Issue. Contact Deacon Steve 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com The Catholic The Catholic U.P . EVANGELIZATION EDUCATION INFORMATION SACRED HEART RELIGIOUS GOODS (906) 228-4462 419 W. Washington Marquette Featured books for September: Champions of the Rosary by Fr. Don Calloway, The Catechism of Hockey by Alyssa Bormes, Fatima for Today by Fr. Andrew Apostoli. 2017 calendars by Tan Publishing are also available. BY HANNAH BROCKHAUS CNA/EWTN NEWS More than just helping people in need, the Chris- tian life must include the roots of charity, putting our entire lives at the service of Christ, as Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta did, Pope Francis said. The task which the Lord gives us ... is the vocation to charity in which each of Christs disciples puts his or her entire life at his service, so to grow each day in love, the pope said in his homily for the Canonization Mass of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Sept. 4. It is estimated that there were 120,000 people in at- tendance at the Mass, according to the Vatican Press Office. Referencing the question: Who can learn the coun- sel of God? in the Book of Wisdom, Pope Francis said our task is to realize the call of God and then to do his will. But in order to do his will, we must first ind out what it is. We find the answer in the same passage of the Book of Wisdom: People were taught what pleases you, he said. What we are called to do, therefore, Pope Francis said, is to translate into concrete acts that which we invoke in prayer and profess in faith. Following Jesus is not for the weak, the Holy Father continued, but is a serious task, although one filled with joy. It takes a certain daring and courage to recognize the divine Master in the poorest of the poor and to give oneself in their service. The many volunteers and workers of mercy present in St. Peters Square Sunday for the Jubilee of Mercy and for Mother Teresas canonization are like the large crowds traveling with Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, the pope said. They make visible Christs con- crete love for each person. How many hearts have been comforted by volun- teers! How many hands they have held; how many tears they have wiped away; how much love has been poured out in hidden, humble and selfless service! he said. Mother Teresas life was given to this service. She was committed to defending life, especially the un- born and those abandoned and discarded, Francis said. She was a generous dispenser of divine mercy. She was committed to defending life, ceaselessly proclaiming that the unborn are the weakest, the smallest, the most vulnerable, he added. Just as Christ has bent down to help us, we must bend down to help the Christ found in those in need. Wherever someone is reaching out, asking for a help- ing hand in order to get up, this is where our presence and the presence of the Church which sustains and offers hope must be. Speaking of Mother Teresa, Pope Francis noted how she bowed down before those who were spent seeing in them their God-given dignity. Let us carry her smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer. In this way, we will open up oppor- tunities of joy and hope for our many brothers and sisters who are discouraged and who stand in need of understanding and tenderness. Pope Francis: Mother Teresa shows us our 'vocation to charity' DANIEL IBANEZ CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY A photo of a portrait of Mother Teresa of Calcutta is displayed with a relic at a Mass in the Basilica of Saint Andrea della Valle the day before her Sept. 4 canonization.

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