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I n my childhood, Up With Peo- ple was a popular music group, and I remember seeing them on television. The lyrics of one of their songs, What Color is Gods Skin?, offer import- ant wisdom for us to- day. Of course, God does not have skin per se because he is a spiritual being, yet the point of the song is noteworthy. Allow me to quote the first verse and refrain: Good-night I said to my little son, so tired out when the day was done. Then he said as I tucked him in Tell me Daddy what colors Gods skin? What color is Gods skin? I said its black, brown, its yellow. It is red, it is white. Evry mans the same in the good Lords sight. It is no secret that the United States is experiencing bitter divisions. The expressions of animosity among differing groups that we hear about in the news is very saddening. As follow- ers of Jesus, we are called to be a heal- ing balm for our nation by sharing the love of Jesus with everyone. We are all created in the image and likeness of God. We all share equal dignity. The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church puts it this way: Since something of the glory of God shines on the face of every person, the dignity of every person before God is the basis of the dignity of man before other men. Moreover, this is the ulti- mate foundation of the radical equali- ty and brotherhood among all people, regardless of their race, nation, sex, origin, culture, or class (CSDC, 144). Of the many causes of division in our land, the ugly sin of racism keeps raising its head. St. John Paul II said, Racism is a sin that constitutes a seri- ous offense against God. He also stat- ed, Every upright conscience cannot but decisively condemn any racism, no matter in what heart or place it is found (Angelus, August 26, 2001). I wish to make three suggestions for us to overcome the sin of racism in our society, which requires a conver- sion of heart. First, we must start with ourselves and carefully examine our thoughts, words and actions each day. Ask yourself these questions. Have I harbored derogatory thoughts about a person of a different race or about a different race in general? Have I made any rash judgments of people based on race? Have I said anything disrespectful about persons of another race? Have I mistreated people due to their race? Second, if the answer to any of these questions is yes, seek the Lords mercy and apologize for your behav- ior. Third, meditate on this: When God looks at every human person, he sees someone that he absolutely delights in. Let us strive to regard others in the same way. Let us strive to show the love of God to everyone. We are all made in the image and likeness of God, and we are precious in Gods eyes. AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS, WE ARE CALLED TO BE A HEALING BALM FOR OUR NATION BY SHARING THE LOVE OF JESUS WITH EVERYONE. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC November 17, 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 $15.32/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 What color is God's skin? JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, Holy Day of Obligation 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 did God call Josh... Very gradually, by placing people in my life that told me that I should consider the priesthood and who helped quell my fears. The Lord also placed a great love for the Church and its mission of forming disciples into my heart." JOSHUA SAMPSON Holy Name of Mary, Soo Pre-Theology II OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT Effective December 31, 2017: Reverend John Longbucco , has sub- mitted his resignation as pastor of Holy Family Parish, Gladstone. His resignation has been accept- ed and he has been relieved of his appointment as pastor of Holy Family Parish, Glad- stone. Father Longbucco has been granted dis- ability senior priest status with gratitude for his years of service to the Diocese of Marquette. Reverend Francis Do- brzenski , has been appoint- ed pastor of Holy Family Parish, Gladstone, for a six-year term. Father John Longbucco Father Francis Dobrzenski BY CNA/EWTN NEWS The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin (Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854). In 1854, Pope Pius IXs solemn declaration, Ineffabilis Deus, clarified with finality the long-held belief of the Church that Mary was conceived free from original sin. Mary was granted this extraordi- nary privilege because of her unique role in history as the Mother of God. That is, she received the gift of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception. Even though Mary has the special grace of being born without sin, she is held up by the Church as a model for all humanity in her holiness and her purity, in her willingness to accept the plan of God for her. Every person is called to recognize and respond to Gods call, to their own vocation, in order to carry out God's plan for their life and fulfill the mission prepared for them since before the beginning of time. Marys Let it be done to me ac- cording to Thy Word, in response of the Angel Gabriels greeting is the response required of all Christians to Gods plan. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a time to celebrate the great joy of Gods gift to human- ity in Mary, and to recognize with greater clarity, the truth that each and every human being has been created by God to fulfill a particular mission that he and only he can fulfill. The word of the Lord came to me thus: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you (Jere- miah 1:5-6).

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