To the editor:

I'm asking everyone I know to read the editorial domment in the Dec. 19th Caledonian-Record, and I thank the publisher for carrying it. This comment included the words that a Jewish mother, Veronique Pozner, spoke over the tiny casket of her son, Noah, who was one of the children killed in this, only the most recent of the Slaughter of the Innocents, which we Catholics observe on Dec 28.

Sometimes we and our children are confronted with evil that seems insurmountable, an injustice that leaves us and them with so many conflicting emotions that we don't know which to repel and which to hold on to. I'm sure that Mrs. Pozner is feeling these same mixed emotions of grief, sorrow, love, anger, doubt that we all would feel.

But she has chosen love as the one to hold on to and express. In doing so, she gave a beautiful tribute to her son, and a beautiful lesson to the four siblings he left behind.

She gave them a beautiful example of Faith, Hope, and Charity in the face of tremendous sorrow, and allowed them to not have to feel they would be betraying their brother if they didn't focus on their anger or if they allowed themselves to be happy again.

She is a beautiful, contemporary example of an earlier Jewish mother, Mary, our Mother of Sorrows, our Queen of Peace, our Lady of Perpetual Help. We often give our children little wrist bands that have WWJD (what would Jesus do?) marked on them. I think Veronique Pozner has answered for all of us, What would Mary do?

I, for one, am grateful for her answer.

Clara Schoppe

St. Johnsbury, Vt.


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