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6 November 13, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC LETTERS TO THE EDITOR www.upcatholic.org Give the Gift of Faith! A Gift Subscription to: Send us the name and mailing address of the person you'd like to give a full-year subscription to the official newspaper of the Diocese of Marquette. Also, let us know your name and we'll let the recipient know that you cared enough to purchase this gift for them. Send with a check for $25 to The U.P. Catholic Newspaper 1004 Harbor Hills Drive Marquette, MI 49855-8851 Editor: I would like to share George Washing- tons Oct. 3, 1789, Thanksgiving Procla- mation with your readers: Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and fa- vor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowl- edging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness: Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of Novem- ber next, to be devoted by the people of these states to the service of that great and glorious being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks for his kind care and protection of the peo- ple of this country previous to their becom- ing a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of his providence in the course and con- clusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of gov- ernment for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing use- ful knowledge; and, in general, for all the freat and various favors which he has been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humble offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of nations, and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or pri- vate stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our national government a bless- ing to all the people by constantly being a fovernment of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with food governments, peace and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us, and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Roland J. Mayer Ontonagon Editor: St. Paul wrote: There is neither Jew nor Greek. St. Peter affirmed: God shows no partiality. Jesus prayed: Fa- ther, that they may all be one. While in this age diversity may be the politically correct objective du jour, unity re- mains one of the four Marks of the Church, also known to be Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. It was faithfulness to that idea of Catholic unity that motivated St. Isaac Jogues to return to the indigenous people of North America the same ones who had tortured and maimed him when first he sought to save their souls and suffer martyrdom at their hands. It was that same sense of faith that led St. Kateri Tekakwitha to see sanctuary in the Church when her own fam- ily and clansmen abused her for accepting the graces offered by Jesuit missionaries. We Catholics in the Upper Peninsula, heirs to the Baraga legacy, ought to appreciate that unity more than most, espe- cially now that our own faith is being served and enriched by the missionary sacrifices of men indigenous to places which were once the object of European and American mis- sionaries. The indigenous people of many nations have foresworn their pagan backgrounds to embrace the sacred gifts sent forth with the Apostles from Jerusalem and then to carry them on for the benefit of others still living in ignorance of the Holy Trinity. Its a good thing, too. Had they not, my Celtic brothers might still be worshipping trees, our Mayan and Aztec neighbors incinerat- ing their offspring. Foremost among those in the United States is the present Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, a member of the Potawatomi Tribe, who like Ojibwa Brother John Has- call, and my cousins, Fathers Bede and Bertrand Scully, is a member of the Ordo Fratrum Minorum Capuccinorum, a Capuchin, committed to the unity of the Church of God, welcoming and open to all. Patrick Brennan Marquette LETTERS TO THE EDITOR are welcome for publication in The U.P. Catholic newspaper. Those that address issues of specific interest to the Catholic community will be given priority. Letters to the editor reflect the opinions of their authors and not necessarily The U.P. Catholic nor the Diocese of Marquette. Letters should be received at least two weeks prior to the intended date of publication. All letters are subject to editing and are printed at the editors discretion. Letters under 300 words are more likely to be accepted for publication. 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