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A Message from Our Pastor - Msgr. Louis Marucci
The recent shootings of Police Officers in Dallas, Texas challenge all people to resolve conflict with words rather than weapons. This weekend, the Parishioners of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, Gibbsboro/Voorhees, NJ will lift in prayer the Police Officers who died so tragically, their families who grieve such loss, and all families who live in fear each time a Police Officer leaves for work. At the same time the community of faith will pray for an end of Racism and attitudes of Prejudice. Most especially, we lift our prayer to Almighty God for an end to violence in this culture of violence and death.
When our families, communities, and faith is torn by violence, we have an obligation to respond, no matter what creed of beliefs we hold. Violence is destroying the lives, dignity and hopes of millions of our sisters and brothers. Fear of violence is paralyzing and dividing our communities. The celebration of violence in much of our media, music and even video games is poisoning our children.
Beyond the violence in our streets is the violence in our hearts. Hostility, hatred, despair and indifference are at the heart of a growing culture of violence. Verbal violence in our families, communications and talk shows contribute to this culture of violence. Pornography assaults the dignity of women and contributes to violence against them. Our social fabric is being torn apart by a culture of violence that leaves children dead on our streets, and families afraid in our homes. Our society seems to be growing numb to human loss and suffering. A nation born in a commitment to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" is haunted by death, imprisoned by fear and caught up in the elusive pursuit of protection rather than happiness.
Much is being done, but more is required. Our community is called to reorganize our priorities and recommit our resources to confront the violence in our midst. This challenge will have many dimensions including:
- the call to pray for peace in our hearts and our world;
- the ability to listen -- to hear the pain, anger and frustration that comes with and from violence;
- the duty to examine our own attitudes and actions for how they contribute to or can diminish violence in our society;
- the call to help people confront the violence in our hearts and lives;
- the capacity to build on existing efforts and the strengths of our community: the work of parishes, schools, and charitable initiatives
- efforts to hold major institutions accountable, including government, the media and the criminal justice system;
- an advocacy strategy which moves beyond the often empty rhetoric of national debate, including:
- confronting the violence of abortion;
- curbing the easy availability of deadly weapons;
- supporting community approaches to crime prevention and law enforcement, including community policing, neighborhood partnerships with police and greater citizen involvement;
- pursuing swift and effective justice without vengeance;
- support for efforts to attack root causes of crime and violence -- including poverty, substance abuse, lack of opportunity, racism, and family disintegration;
- promoting more personal responsibility and broader social responsibility in our policies and programs;
- building bridges and promoting solidarity across racial and economic lines;
- pursuing economic justice, especially employment;
- working for legislation that empowers parents to choose and afford schools that reflect their values;
- overcoming the tragedy of family violence and confronting all forms of violence against women;
- promoting education, research, and training in nonviolence;
- respond to victims of violence, hearing their anguish and defending their dignity;
- strengthening families by putting the needs of children and families first in our national priorities;
- continuing to work for global disarmament, including curbs on arms sales, and a ban on the export of land mines.
Let 2016 and the years which follow be a time when Communities of Faith bring new energy and creativity to the vocation of peacemaking -- within our families, within our neighborhoods, within our country and within the world community. Let us never forget the words of Saint Pope John Paul II in his message to young people, when he called them and all of us, to be "communicators of hope and peace." Let us hear and act with new urgency on the words of Jesus: "Blessed are the peacemakers; they shall be called children of God."
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