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(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. 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CATHOLIC December 9, 2016 3 W hen it comes to Church teaching on human sexuality, many people think that the Churchs teaching can be summed up in one word: No! This is completely false. The Churchs teach- ing can be under- stood better in terms of living holistically, that is, integrating body, mind and spirit in a mutual gift and acceptance of persons. Thus, the Churchs teaching is better summed up in a resounding yes to mutual giving. In my last mes- sage, I reflected on the Fifth Commandment. In this and in subsequent messages, I would like to reflect on the Sixth and Ninth Commandments, which direct us to live a chaste life. Chastity is the virtue that helps us live holistically. It helps us to inte- grate body, mind and spirit to foster the mutual gift and acceptance of persons. By living chastely, a man and woman develop the interior ability to say yes to the acts proper to mar- riage when they appropriately express the gift, and no when they do not. For example, Pope Paul VI said in the Encyclical, Humanae Vitae, Men rightly observe that a conju- gal act imposed on ones partner without regard to his or her con- dition or personal and reasonable wishes in the matter, is no true act of love, and therefore offends the moral order in its particular appli- cation to the intimate relationship of husband and wife (HV, 13). In other words, it is contrary to the mutual gift and acceptance of per- sons and sinful for a spouse to force relations on the other spouse. Thus, to live marital chastity, a husband and wife need to live holistically. The need to integrate the desires of the body with the mind and the spirit so that they can say no to bodily de- sires when they are inappropriate and yes to those desires when they are. On their wedding day, a man and woman give their lives to each other by their marriage vows. Therefore, only in the context of this life-long commitment can the acts proper to marriage truly express the mutual gift and acceptance of persons. Sex outside of marriage is incapable of expressing a faithful, permanent and unconditional love. Therefore, it is contrary to the mutual gift and acceptance of persons. We are for faithful, permanent and uncondition- al love the true gift and acceptance of persons. We are against actions that violate the gift, including but not limited to fornication, adultery, por- nography, masturbation, prostitution and rape. Let us strive to live holistically, to integrate body, mind and spirit in order to make a true gift of ourselves. JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler Living Holistically Part 1 CHASTITY IS THE VIRTUE THAT HELPS US LIVE HOLISTICALLY. IT HELPS US TO INTEGRATE BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT TO FOSTER THE MUTUAL GIFT AND ACCEPTANCE OF PERSONS. BROTHER ROMEO CAPELLA Companions of Christ the Lamb Theology 2 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 DID YOU KNOW BROTHER ROMEO'S... - favorite Saint is Padre Pio because of the deep humility which flowed from his relationship with Jesus? - favorite prayers are those which flow through the intercession of Blessed Mother Mary? The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 10-11 in the Diocese of Marquette. Coordinated by the National Reli- gious Retirement Office (NRRO), the parish-based appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack retirement savings. The Diocese of Marquette contrib- uted $55,144 to the last collection. In 2016, the Sisters of St. Paul of Char- tres received financial assistance made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious. Women and men religious who serve or have served in the diocese but whose communities are based elsewhere may also benefit from the annual appeal. Catholic bishops of the United States initiated the collection in 1988 to address the significant lack of retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. Proceeds help underwrite retirement and health- care expenses. Nearly 95 percent of donations directly support senior religious and their communities. The appeal raised $30.7 million in 2015, the sixth highest total in its history. As a result, the NRRO dis- tributed $25 million to 401 religious congregations. These funds supple- ment the day-to-day care of elderly religious and help their congrega- tions implement long-range retire- ment strategies. Throughout the year, additional funding is allocated for congregations with the greatest needs. We are humbled by the love and support that Catholics across the na- tion share with our senior religious, said Sister Stephanie Still, a member of the Sisters of the Presentation and newly appointed NRRO executive director. The retirement-funding deficit is rooted in low salaries and changing demographics. Traditionally, Cath- olic sisters, brothers and religious order priestsknown collectively as women and men religiousworked for small stipends. As a result, many religious communities lack adequate retirement savings. At the same time, elderly religious are living longer and now outnumber younger, wage-earn- ing religious. Among communities providing data to the NRRO, 68 percent have a median age of 70 or above. The income of those engaged in compensated ministry cannot keep pace with the growing cost of eldercare. In addition to providing financial support for immediate needs, pro- ceeds from the annual appeal un- derwrite educational initiatives in retirement planning and eldercare delivery. Workshops, webinars and print resources, for example, address topics ranging from property-plan- ning to caring for members with dementia. Our mission is to help religious communities meet current eldercare needs while preparing for the ones to come, said Sister Still. We remain grateful for all those who support these efforts. Visit retiredreligious.org to learn more. Collection supports eldercare needs of religious communities

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