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Holy Innocents

A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. 

Matthew 2:18

Herod’s murder of the Holy Innocents is remembered on this feast day of the Holy Innocents.  The video below is a moving depiction of this horrendous crime from the film Jesus of Nazareth

Herod ordered this massacre in a futile attempt to stop the Light of the World from completing His mission of salvation.  In our day Holy Innocents are slaughtered each and every day in an ultimately futile attempt to deny what Christ taught:  that we are all brothers and sisters and that we must love God and love one another.  Some day this modern Herod emulation that goes by the name of legal abortion will cease, and the feast day of the Holy Innocents is a very good day for us to resolve to work unceasingly to bring that day closer.

THEY scarcely waked before they slept,

 They scarcely wept before they laughed;

They drank indeed death’s bitter draught,

 But all its bitterest dregs were kept

And drained by Mothers while they wept.

 

From Heaven the speechless Infants speak:

 Weep not (they say), our Mothers dear,

For swords nor sorrows come not here.

Now we are strong who were so weak,

 And all is ours we could not seek.

 

We bloom among the blooming flowers,

We sing among the singing birds;

 Wisdom we have who wanted words:

 here morning knows not evening hours,

All’s rainbow here without the showers.

 

And softer than our Mother’s breast,

And closer than our Mother’s arm,

Is here the Love that keeps us warm

 And broods above our happy next.

 Dear Mothers, come: for Heaven is best.

Christina Rosseti

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

3 Comments

  1. No choice – no life.
    The Holy Innocent’s died because of fear. Herod’s fear. It lives on today with the lie; “Pro-Child Pro-Choice or Pro- Family Pro-Choice.”

    The popular Pro-Choice folks are full of fear…the wrong fear.
    If they only feared God.

  2. No Mass today at our church so thank you for the reminder of this feast day. The slaughter of the innocents continues and is big business.

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