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  • The message from our Blessed Mother delivered to the children at Fatima was clear.
  • Following is a poem written by George S. Anthony of Mater Dei Prep, Middletown, shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • The Guest Commentary in the recent issue of the Monitor (“The face of God is not just white . . . or American; Feb. 8 issue) pointed to the growing hatred, divisiveness and neglect for the poor in America and around the world.
  • While I attend Masses in other dioceses due to our traveling to see relatives in New Jersey and New York, I have come to appreciate the inspiring messages and following of the faith that I have experienced in the Diocese of Trenton, and most especially in my wonderful parish of St. Justin’s.
  • A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision (regarding the separation of Church and State) is potentially the most impactful decision on local government’s funding responsibilities for  both public and private primary and secondary schools since the 1960s.
  • Honoring diversity in religious belief
    My wife and I were disappointed when we learned that, for the first time, our community’s annual holiday concert program listed no Christmas carols.
  • I appreciate Hosffman Ospino’s dialogue in which he engaged with his six-year-old son (“Speaking about race with Hispanic children, part 1, Catholic News Service). I am an immigrant, born in Mexico, but lived also in England and Canada before coming to the U.S.
  • The following letters were penned by parents who wanted to make known how pleased they were with their childrens’ Catholic schools and teachers in the Diocese of Trenton.

  • Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito recently said that the U.S. is entering a period when its commitment to religious liberty is being tested. People vilify those of faith and cite Jefferson’s “wall of separation” as the basis for their anger.  
  • Inspired by the witness, voices at the March for Life
    I recently marched for life with many people from many states, especially one 86-year-old nun from Divine Mercy Parish (Trenton) named Sister Juanita. 
  • In the Oct. 20 edition of The Monitor, the reader’s letter entitled “Our Faith Requires that We Kill the Pain, not the Patient,” seems to neglect some of our articles of faith. Yes, we should never kill the patient, but are we really required to kill the pain?
  • It was heartwarming to read the accounts of the work (that) dedicated people and groups are doing to alleviate the pain and suffering of the unemployed, the under employed and the underpaid.  However I feel the article; REASON FOR JOBLESSNESS NOT CLEAR-CUT (The Monitor, July 28, 2016, page 18), while dynamically highlighting the effects of joblessness, in no way addresses the reason for joblessness.
  • I read, with interest, our Bishop’s essay on “the facts of our faith.”  Our Catholic education system is very efficient in explaining the facts of our faith to each young student.
  • On February 8, a historic bill authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton Square) was signed into law by President Obama. The law aims to protect children around the world from convicted pedophiles who travel the world seeking child victims.
  • If you are an American Indian, then you are the only ones whose parents were not immigrants, many seeking refuge from wars from pre-Colonial days through the 21st century. We have had mass killings here in United States by those who were American-born and not Middle Eastern, such as the bombing in Oklahoma City and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.
  • The recent announcement of the plenary indulgence to be granted by Pope Francis during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy had a special resonance for me because I had recently been immersed in two books about the Crusades. 
  • Cecil the lion was killed for sport. Many other wild animals also meet their demise in hunting expeditions. We can all agree it’s a pity.
  • Planned Parenthood has succeeded for now.   As a result of the nearly unanimous support of Democratic Senators, the Senate blocked a vote on a bill (S1881) which would have defunded Planned Parenthood.
  • Thank you for highlighting the milestone anniversaries of the ordained and consecrated men and women who serve(d) the Diocese of Trenton. To paraphrase the words of Bishop O’Connell...we are grateful that they are “still here”.
  • Much ado has been made about Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. Most think it’s all about global warming. Having read the encyclical, I can tell you nothing could be further from the truth. The Pope did not establish an 11th commandment: “Thou shalt not deny global warming”.
  • From June 29 to July 3, about 90 boys ages 7 to 15 took part in the South Jersey Basketball Academy at St. Mary of the Lakes School in Medford.  Probably none of the boys realized that, among their number, there were two boys whose family was experiencing a crisis that led them to become homeless.
  • Those members of the House of Representatives who voted to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act are to be congratulated for coming to the defense of preborn children and their mothers. This act will now go to the Senate for their action.  Senators Booker and Menendez need to support this bill when it comes before the Senate.
  • Sister Dorothy Payne’s article, “A Blessed Life Enriched in Catholic Education” (May 7), mentioned the need for nuns to be teachers, providing students with educational opportunities to better themselves and use their talents and treasures for God’s glory.
  • How proud I am to live in the 4th congressional district and to be represented by Congressman Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), who co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which passed the house on May 13th (242-184). 
  • Reporting on the causes of the riots in Baltimore centered on racial prejudice and profiling, poverty, joblessness and the absence of fathers. Certainly, these are all factors. 

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