07/09/2016 Pastor’s Message

July 27th, 2016 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2016

From the Desk of Fr. Dennis
Elie Wiesel: A Witness
“To forget the victims means to kill them a second time.” This is one of Elie Wiesel’s oft-repeated sentiments. Mr. Wiesel, who died last Saturday at age 87, was a Holocaust survivor who never let the world forget. His parents and sister perished in the horror, where it was always night and smelled of death. You breathed in death, he once said, and there was no relief. However, he was “capable of saving them [the victims] from a second death.”
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night . . . never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever . . . that turned my dreams to ashes.”
A Nobel Pease laureate in 1986, Mr. Wiesel is remembered as the world’s conscience who spoke out for the sanctity of life. Never again, he would say, Never again!
I turned on CBS Evening News last Saturday to see the coverage of his death. There were barely two sentences, just the fact that he had died with not much embellishment. However, there was enough time to devote almost five minutes to the Florida woman named Star who had an impromptu performance of the National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial!
“Sometimes we must interfere when human lives are in danger, when human dignity is in jeopardy. National borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.” These words are from his 1986 acceptance speech.
Whether it be the unborn children in danger of abortion, refugees fleeing civil war, or victims of gun violence in our country, we have a sacred duty not to forget. We are, at the end of the day, their witnesses. Perhaps this is Mr. Wiesel’s final gift.
In Christ’s peace,
Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo

Rev. Dennis J. Vincenzo

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