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4 December 18, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org S ome of you might be spending sometime baking in the kitchen these days. Christmas cookies, homemade Christmas candy, everything chocolate we seem to be surrounded by sweets as Christmas draws near. Have you ever wondered where we get the custom of baking during Advent in the days that lead up to Christmas? Pope Benedict, who was fond of sweets himself, sees the root of the custom of Christmas baking in the Sacred Scriptures and the Liturgy of Advent that prepares our hearts with longing for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Old Testament images of sweetness, milk and honey foretell the coming of the Savior whose honey dispels bitterness. (The Blessings of Christmas, 30-31). It is clear that there is nothing wrong with pleasure in itself. The Scriptures employ imag- es of earthly pleasures and delights to teach us about the surpassing delight that comes with God. Sweets remind us of the sweetness of Gods love as we taste and see the goodness of the Lord (Psalm 34:8). St. Thomas Aquinas even recommends a warm bath as a remedy for sadness (Summa Theologiae, I-II, Q 38, A5). The problem with pleasure is that we tend to overindulge. We eat too much. We drink too much. We acquire too many things. Instead of rightly enjoying the delights of the marital embrace between a husband and wife that is open to life and reflects a mutual gift and acceptance of persons, we pursue those plea- sures outside of marriage or treat the other as an object. We tend to make the pursuit of earthly things more important than the pursuit of God. Whereas, earthly pleasures are meant to lead us to God and remind us of Gods goodness, which surpass- es anything on earth. We need to right-size instead of super-size the pleasures in our life. In my last message I reflected on the virtue of justice. In this message, I would like to reflect on the virtue of temperance, which is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasure and provides balance in the use of created goods. (CCC, 1809) The virtue of temperance helps us to right-size the pleasures in our life. How, then, do we practice to grow in temperance and right- size our enjoyment of pleasure? Thank God every time you are enjoying a legitimate pleasure and turn your mind and heart to God. Embrace the Churchs penitential discipline. Each Friday is supposed to be a day of penance. Thus, out of the love of God, perform an act of self-denial of some legitimate pleasure for the love of God at least every Friday if not every day. This helps us to right-size the pleasures in our life and reminds us of the foodness of God. Super-size or right-size Great Prices Great Food Lynn & Jack Ziminski, Owners (906) 341-8070 735 E. Lakeshore Dr. Manistique (906) 341-5912 200 Deer Street Manistique TWO GREAT STORES TO SERVE YOU! Marquette Neil Newcomb 906-225-0191 1400 Wright Street Escanaba Dale Stannard 906-786-4685 Hwy. M-35 February 1, 2016 JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler 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 A letter was sent in mid-December to support- ers of the diocesan retreat center, Marygrove, concerning financial management procedures that are in place there. The letter, sent by Bishop John Doerfler, notes his desire that Marygrove, a jewel of the diocese, flourishes and is able to impact the lives of many more people. Bishop Doerfler also thanks those who have given finan- cial and spiritual support to the retreat center. It was announced in September of this year that suspected financial improprieties had been discovered at the center, which is subject to pe- riodic reviews by a third party. The losses were described as minimal and full restitution is to be made to Marygrove. The full letter follows: Dear Friends of Marygrove: Greetings in Jesus Christ. Marygrove Retreat Center is a jewel of the dio- cese, and I am grateful for the many graces that Our Lord has poured upon the many people who have made retreats there over the years. It is my hope that this important ministry contin- ues to grow and even more lives will be touched. In this light, allow me to express my grati- tude for the generous financial and spiritual support that you have given to this apostolate. Like the boy who offered the loaves and fishes, the Lord multiplies your offering to touch the hearts of many. A few months ago, I announced the sad news of financial impropriety that was discov- ered. Marygrove has appropriate systems and controls in place to detect financial red flags. While no system of controls can entirely pre- vent all inappropriate actions, sound controls, if followed, will greatly reduce the opportu- nities for financial impropriety and allow for easier detection. In the recent instance of financial impropri- ety, it was detected in a prompt time frame and the losses were minimal. Full restitution will be made to Marygrove. In addition to the sound controls currently in place, the Department of Finance & Administration at the Diocese of Marquette has increased monitoring of Marygrove's finances and have been in frequent contact with the management team. It should also be noted that Marygrove is subject to peri- odic reviews of financial systems, and controls, by a third party accounting firm. Reviews by the firm generally take place every three years. We have taken these steps to ensure sound iscal management and support the vitality of Marygroves ministry. With prayers that your heart be filled with the Joy of the Gospel, I am Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Reverend John F. Doerfler Bishop of Marquette Sound financial management in place at Marygrove

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