The Holy Innocents

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Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Who are the Holy Innocents? They are the children killed by order of Herod in Bethlehem right after the birth of Christ. We read about this today in the Gospel reading from Matthew 2. Matthew tells us that this fulfilled what had been said through the prophet Jeremiah: "A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more."

Can you imagine the horror? You're minding your own business, looking after your baby boy when suddenly soldiers break into your house and take your son away to kill him. Unspeakable horror. Yet for so many years now, we have been witnessing a similar horror here in the U.S.: abortion. Thousands of innocent babies slaughtered every day. Government sanctioned, and all under the guise of "choice."

I like to think that, each time a baby dies through the sin of abortion, the Holy Innocents are there to welcome that soul into the arms of the Father. And that the Holy Innocents are praying for that mother who felt her only "choice" was to take the life of her own child. And for the doctor who probably believes that they have done an honorable thing. And for all the politicians and lawmakers who condone this despicable act. May we join the Holy Innocents in prayer, and continue to raise our voices to stop these unspeakable horrors.

Father, we realize that we, like Herod and his soldiers, have blood on our hands. Forgive our sins, Lord, and help us to do what is right in your eyes by defending today's Holy Innocents. Amen.

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  • Emelia Reppucci: January 03, 2020

    We have to recognize this more and more. My prayer every day is that we get 3 more conservative Supreme Court justices and abortion and gay marriage WILL BE REPEALED. Our society has no shame, recognizes NO SIN, a do-what-you-want society. No one realizes that they have to answer to the Lord. I hope in my lifetime that I will see these things gone and a more law and order society. Pray God!

  • Tim: December 28, 2019

    Gus, you are spot on in your commentary about the holy innocents. We, in the US, are living this horror today. Satan has blinded so many so to think it is a right to defend this evil act vs. a life being taken. May God have mercy on us as a nation and send down the Holy Spirit to trouble hearts and awaken minds to the Truth.

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