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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC COMMENTARY October 28, 2016 9 RESURRECTION PARISH & ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC ACADEMY PRESENTS... FRANK RUNYEON! RESURRECTION CATHOLIC CHURCH 2607 18th Street, Menominee, MI 49858 906-863-3405 Wed., Nov. 2, 2016 - 1pm (St. John Paul II Catholic Academy Gymnasium) SALT & LIGHT - A comedy for children of all ages. Wed., Nov. 2 - 6:30pm - Resurrection Parish LUKE: STORIES OF MERCY Thurs., Nov. 3 - 6:30pm - Resurrection Parish SERMON ON THE MOUNT & HOLLYWOOD VS. FAITH Frank Runyeon has won national acclaim for his work as a translator and performer of Biblical texts over the past 25 years. He has performed the gospel for hundreds of thousands of people in almost every state in America, earning rave reviews from critics, scholars, and church leaders of every denomination. He is regularly reviewed as "the best speaker we have ever heard" by students and faculty at private and public schools across the nation. All are welcome! For more information: www.runyeonproductions.com Attention Retailers! The U.P. Catholic Newspaper's Gift Giving Guides reach over 18,000 homes! For more information contact Deacon Steve at upc@new.rr.com 1-866-452-5112 I n the Gospel for Sunday, Oct. 23 Jesus told a parable about a Pharisee and a Publican. The full passage is Luke 18:9- 14. A short version is Two men went to the Temple to pray. One did. Prayers that we say often can become so routine that we no longer plumb their meaning. Two such prayers are the Our Father and the Prayer of St. Francis. Here is a brief look at each, with the reflection on the Our Father being heavily drawn from an anonymous writers thoughts with a few of mine added. OUR FATHER" I cannot say Our if I do not have room in my life for others and their needs. As long as there is one brother or sister whom I do not accept as part of the family, my prayer is lacking. I cannot say Father if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life. I cannot say who are in heaven if my inter- ests and pursuits are only earthly ones. I cannot say hallowed be thy name if I, who am called by His name, am not holy. I cannot say thy kingdom come if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the kingdom of God here and now. I cannot say thy will be done if I am unwill- ing or resentful of having God in my life, even in the small details. I cannot say on earth as it is in heaven unless I am truly ready now to give myself to the Lord. I cannot say give us this day our daily bread without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of my neigh- bor. I cannot say forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us if I harbor a grudge against anyone. I cannot say lead us not into temptation if I deliberately remain where I know I will be tempted. I cannot say deliver us from evil if I am not prepared to fight with the weapon of prayer. I cannot say amen unless I honestly say, Cost what it may, this is my prayer. PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS" In this prayer we ask to be instruments or channels of peace, love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy. We ask to be consolers, people of understanding and upbuilders of others. It is appropriate to take time to, one by one, ex- amine how much peace and love and pardon, faith and hope and light and joy we each have in our lives. Realistically no one has it all together. These are goals which Jesus puts before us. What is useful is to, perhaps each week, choose one of these qualities, see where it is in our lives and where we could benefit from an increase, then each pay attention to one at a time. Let us remember that God doesnt need or want pretty words. God wants the honesty of our thoughts and dreams and fears. God already knows these things but, in prayer, God helps us each to know what is truly going on in our hearts. It takes time, pondering, silence and this last, silence, is essential if we want to hear Gods word to us. Let us pray REFLECTIONS FROM NORTHSTAR Regis Walling Honest prayer: the most difficult thing we can do United States Conference of Catholic Bishops president encourages reflection on freedom of religion A t this important time in our nations history, I encourage all of us to take a moment to reflect on one of the founding principles of our repub- lic the freedom of religion. It ensures the right of faith communities to preserve the integrity of their beliefs and proper self-gov- ernance. There have been recent reports that some may have sought to interfere in the internal life of the Church for short-term polit- ical gain. If true, this is trou- bling both for the well-being of faith communities and the good of our country. In our faith and our Church, Christ has given us a precious gift. As Catholics, we hold onto our beliefs because they come to us from Jesus, not a consensus forged by contemporary norms. The Gospel is offered for all people for all times. It invites us to love our neighbor and live in peace with one another. For this reason, the truth of Christ is never outdated or inaccessible. The Gos- pel serves the common good, not political agendas. I encourage my fellow Catholic brothers and sisters, and all people of good will, to be good stewards of the precious rights we have inherited as citizens of this country. We also expect public officials to respect the rights of people to live their faith without interference from the state. When faith communities lose this right, the very idea of what it means to be an American is lost. Politicians, their staffs and volunteers should reflect our best aspirations as citi- zens. Too much of our current political dis- course has demeaned women and marginal- ized people of faith. This must change. True to the best hopes of our founding fathers, we are confident that we can and will do better as a nation. FROM THE USCCB PRESIDENT Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky.

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