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I n her diary Divine Mercy in My Soul, the mystic St. Faustina Kowalska recalled Christ saying to her in a vision: The greatest misery does not stop Me from uniting Myself to a soul, but where there is pride, I am not there. What a pro- found revelation of the mercy of God, yet at the same time a grave warning about the destructive nature of pride. In his Treatise on the City of God, St. Augustine wrote, Pride is the beginning of all sin. The irony of the sin of pride is that it stems from a desire for greatness, yet results in our becoming so much less than we could be. Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange wrote, Pride is a bandage over the eyes of the spirit, which hinders us from seeing the truth, especially that relative to the majesty of God and the excellence of those who surpass us. It prevents us from wishing to be instructed by them, or it prompts us not to accept direction without argu- ment. A way to avoid the diminished state that pride brings upon us is to focus less on attaining greatness for our- selves and more on becoming part of accomplishing something great with the help of God and others. Father Garrigou-Lagrange writes, Whereas the proud man immoderately desires his own excellence, the magnanimous man devotes himself to a great cause, superior to himself, and accepts in advance all humiliations in order to accomplish what is in his estimation a great duty. In his Steps of Humility and Pride, St. Bernard of Clairvaux explains how pride can lead to a downward spiral where we become trapped in sin. In an essay summarizing St. Bernards teachings, Monsignor Charles Pope writes, The prideful man increasing- ly rejects any restraints or limits. But the freedom of the proud man is not really freedom at all. St. Maximillian Kolbe believed that pride leads us to fall because God wants us to understand that we can- not be truly good without His help. Sam Guzman, founder of The Catholic Gentleman, a group of men dedicat- ed to pursuing holiness, explores the teachings of St. Maximillian, whom Guzman has chosen as a patron of his organization. Guzman notes that pride can cause us to despair when we fall. In that moment, we should aban- don ourselves to the mercy of God. But, as St. Maximillian writes, The devil, instead, tries to inject in us discouragement and internal depres- sion in those circumstances, which is, in fact, nothing else than our pride surfacing again. Writing for Catholic Exchange, Con- stance T. Hull discusses what we can learn about pride from the story of St. Martha. Hull says we need to aban- don the idea that life is a race to get things done and rack up accomplish- ments. She writes, Christ reminds us that the most important thing is to spend time with Him. He constantly goes to pray on His own in order to spend time with the Father. He is our example. He teaches us to take a step back. It is crucial in order for us to grow in holiness. Confidence in the mercy of God is a great replacement for the false sense of power we seek through pride. That confidence can accomplish so much more in our lives. So find the courage to unburden yourself from pride, and accept Gods mercy instead. You will grow by leaps and bounds and be- come part of something truly great in this life and the next. For free copies of the Christopher News Note THE GOD OF SECOND CHANCES, write: The Christophers, 5 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004; or e-mail: mail@chris- tophers.org. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC October 27, 2017 21 Holy Cross Cemetery Escanaba & Marquette Fall Notification Each year, in order to beautify our cemetery, our grounds and maintenance crews perform the final cleaning of the year and make preparations for the winter. All decorations, tributes, flowers (natural and artificial), pots, baskets and wreaths should be removed by families by October 31st. Articles not removed by this time will be disposed of by Cemetery personnel. Families may leave a shepherd's hook but should remove the arrangement. Christmas Wreaths may be placed after November 15th. We appreciate your assistance. If you need assistance or have questions, contact Neil at (906) 225-0191 Tom at (906) 786-4685 Autumn is a great time to stop in to discuss our available Plot and Columbarium Niches. Also available are our decorating and planting regulations. COOPER OFFICE EQUIPMENT Full Copier Line From Tabletop To Networkable Digital Laser Systems (906) 228-6929 Phone 800-432-7682 Fax 800-908-8542 Purchase & Lease Options Authorized KONICA Printers-Copiers Dealer ARCHITECTS, CONTRACTORS, ENGINEERS & RETAILERS! Contact Deacon Steve G. 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com Please advertise in The U.P. Catholic's CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING ISSUE AD CUT-OFF NOVEMBER 16 BEAR, VENISON & FARM ANIMAL PROCESSING Custom Cutting and Smoking Quality Homemade Sausage 1370 Commercial Ave Crystal Falls, MI 49920 Pat & Chris Sommers (906) 874-6032 --MOOOOOOOVE OVER WILD ANIMALS, THERE'S ROOM FOR ME TOO! Crystal Falls, MI National Vocations Awareness Week set for Nov. 5-11 The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week (NVAW), Nov. 5-11, 2017. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the United States to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the chair of the U.S. bishops committee on clergy, consecrated life, and vocations, reminds us that each of us in the Church has a key role to play in the witness of our vocation in ordinary circumstances, As we go about our everyday life and most especially this week, we must keep vocations in our prayers, while, at the same time, being a mindful witness with our own vocation. We may never know how our lives may have an impact on someone elses story. Simply living out our call as disciples of Jesus Christ fully and joyfully in the world bears witness to the love of Christ as He generously bestows on each of us our own personal call. NVAW, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is designed to help promote vocation awareness and to encourage young people to ask the question: To what vocation in life is God calling me? Parish and school com- munities across the nation are encouraged to include, during the first full week in November, prayer and special activities that focus on voca- tion awareness. Observance of the week began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for the celebration. The USCCB com- mittee on clergy, consecrated life and vocations moved the observance of NVAW to November to engage Catholic schools and colleges more effectively in this effort. More information and resources for NVAW is available online at: http://www.usccb.org/ beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/national-voca- tion-awareness-week.cfm. For more information on vocations in the Dio- cese of Marquette, contact Father Ben Hasse at (906) 290-2434 or benjhasse@yahoo.com. Overcoming pride to accept God's mercy f t a g t o S LIGHT ONE CANDLE Tony Rossi, The Christophers

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