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Last month, the U.S. bishops gath- ered for their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore. During the assembly, they approved the canonical consultation of four causes for beatifi- cation and canonization: Julia Greeley, sought by Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver; Sister Blandina Segale, S.C., sought by Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, N.M.; Father Pat- rick Ryan, sought by Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Fa- ther Bernard Quinn, sought by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. Episcopal consultation is a step in the Churchs process toward declar- ing a person a saint. Julia Greeley was born into slavery in Hannibal, Mo., sometime between 1838-1848. At an early age, she suf- fered at the hands of a slave owner. She was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. In 1880, she entered the Catholic Church in Colorado, receiving the sacrament of baptism. As a lay Franciscan, closely affiliat- ed with the Jesuits at her parish, she was actively involved in promoting the faith and devotion to the Sacred Heart. She became known by her acts of charity and mercy to those living on the margins of society, in spite of living in extreme poverty herself. Greeley died in 1918. Sister Blandina Segale, S.C. was born in 1850 in Cicagna, Italy. She and her family immigrated to the United States in 1854, settling in Cin- cinnati, Ohio. She joined the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati at the age of 16. Sister Blandina served in schools, orphanag- es and hospitals in Ohio, New Mexico, and Colorado. She often visited jails and became involved in issues such as human trafficking and juve- nile delinquency. She died in 1941, at 91 years old. Father Patrick Ryan was born in 1845 in County Tipperary, Ireland. His family later immigrated and settled in New York. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1869 in Nashville, Tenn. In 1878, he died at age 33, when his com- munity in Chattanooga was struck with a yellow fever epidemic that took the lives of hundreds. During the time of the epidemic, Father Ryan is re- ported to have been seen going from house to house in the worst infected areas to help the sick and the needy. Father Bernard Quinn was born in 1888 in Newark, N.J.. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1912. There, he worked to promote the faith, and priestly and religious vocations among African Americans. During World War I, he volunteered for military service and was assigned to France. There, he ministered to the sick and wounded soldiers in hospitals. Upon his return to Brooklyn, he reached out to Afri- can American groups and established the St. Peter Claver Church in 1922, a ministry for African American Catho- lics in the community. Father Quinn founded an orphan- age for African American children that was twice burned to the ground by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Putting his life at risk, he successfully built the orphanage for a third time. He went on to build a parish school, con- vent and parish center that welcomed everyone regardless of their race or religion. More information on the saint- hood process is available at: www. usccb.org/about/public-affairs/back- grounders/saints-backgrounder.cfm. 6 December 23, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org To love another with our whole minds W hen we think of the com- mandments we usually think of the 10 known as the Decalogue. However, Jesus tells us that the greatest of the commandments is to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind and with all our strength. The part that we usual- ly overlook is the whole mind part. Perhaps some atten- tion to this precept is in order. The power to learn, to know, to think is essential to who we are as human beings. Take a few min- utes to ponder how seriously you take the gift of curiosity, of exploration and discovery. God has given us an entire universe to awaken our wonder and to help us appreciate God and all God is. I am not suggesting that we all become theologians or plunge into the writings of the great teachers. I am concerned that we may fail to learn and enjoy the everyday learning and fun that life can be. There are many excellent books and magazines, films and activities that can open a new world. Children enjoy learning new things; perhaps Jesus had that in mind when he told us to become like children. The person who is always learning doesnt need out- side drugs, etc., to get excitement. There are very good magazines for general interest. I like Ligourian, St. Anthony Messenger, U.S. Catholic each of these carry a variety of articles ranging from spirituality, to family, people and places of interest. They also have great movie and book re- views. No one can read every book but a well-written review is a treasure. Reading to children is a gift to both the child and the adult. Go back to some of the special books like The Velveteen Rabbit, Paddle to the Sea, Winnie the Pooh and other books that are or should be part of every childs heritage. Talk with the childrens librarian in your town. Most adults have missed great books along the way. There is a website Well- readMoms.com that offers a wide va- riety of suggestions, and dad will also ind it useful. A couple of times a year I try to go back to a classic, spiritual or secular, that I missed along the way. Right now Im beginning The Confes- sions of St. Augustine. There are ideas everywhere. I was in a store last week and marveled at the collection 2017 calendars. There was one on waterfalls around the world great starting point for learning about another country. We can never run out of ideas for exploring the animal world, stars, flowers, trees, birds and bird songs, music, art, clouds and storms. There are great aids from some TV programs (Nature, Nova, History Channel, etc.) Boredom is not an option! God gave us the gift of our minds. When we give a gift we are glad to see the one to whom we gave it using and enjoying it. I think that as we use our minds and talents God has given we give him pleasure when he use them. I hope that, in these few ideas, you have had a few thoughts toward a New Years resolution that will last a lifetime. May your Christmas be joy-filled, full of blessings, a source of memories for years to come. The Year of Mercy has ended. Let us recall that this year has been and is just a prelude to a lifetime of liv- ing mercifully. Be merciful like the Father. REFLECTIONS FROM NORTHSTAR Regis Walling GOD GAVE US THE GIFT OF OUR MINDS. WHEN WE GIVE A GIFT WE ARE GLAD TO SEE THE ONE TO WHOM WE GAVE IT USING AND ENJOYING IT. A Couple's Guide to Sacramental Marriage. Advertisers, unite your services to our readers in this year's Weddings & Marriage" Issue. Ad cut-off: January 19th. Contact Dcn. 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