Cold Winter of Unbelief

Wednesday, December 28, AD 2016

Today, dearest brethren, we celebrate the birthday of those children who were slaughtered, as the Gospel tells us, by that exceedingly cruel king, Herod. Let the earth, therefore, rejoice and the Church exult — she, the fruitful mother of so many heavenly champions and of such glorious virtues. Never, in fact, would that impious tyrant have been able to benefit these children by the sweetest kindness as much as he has done by his hatred. For as today’s feast reveals, in the measure with which malice in all its fury was poured out upon the holy children, did heaven’s blessing stream down upon them.

“Blessed are you, Bethlehem in the land of Judah! You suffered the inhumanity of King Herod in the murder of your babes and thereby have become worthy to offer to the Lord a pure host of infants. In full right do we celebrate the heavenly birthday of these children whom the world caused to be born unto an eternally blessed life rather than that from their mothers’ womb, for they attained the grace of everlasting life before the enjoyment of the present. The precious death of any martyr deserves high praise because of his heroic confession; the death of these children is precious in the sight of God because of the beatitude they gained so quickly. For already at the beginning of their lives they pass on. The end of the present life is for them the beginning of glory. These then, whom Herod’s cruelty tore as sucklings from their mothers’ bosom, are justly hailed as “infant martyr flowers”; they were the Church’s first blossoms, matured by the frost of persecution during the cold winter of unbelief.

 St. Augustine

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5 Responses to Cold Winter of Unbelief

  • Thank you for the reminder.
    We will mention this memorial tonight at the empty manger gathering.

    When we picked this date it wasn’t based on the Holy Innocents feast day…But now in clearer light, it couldn’t be a better date.

    To the END of the slaughter we pray and sing…Peace on Earth and Mercy mild, God and sinner reconciled…

  • I’ve been able to attend daily Mass during my Christmas vacation. Here is what I recall of my priest’s homily for today:
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    http://prognosticis.blogspot.com/2016/12/martyrium-innocentum-sacrorum.html
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    PS, Donald, I used your last two posts on King Wencelaus and St Stephen, and on St John for my family Bible reading at night the past two days. After we read the Scripture readings for the day, I read your post as the meditation. As always, keep up the good work.

  • Abortion would be seen as more horrific if the government mandated that babies must be born before they are slaughtered. I would like to see someone propose such a bill in Congress in order create another focus on today’s form of child murder.

  • Michael Dowd.

    To your proposal add this: that the birth mother must be the executioner of said order.
    She can not use poisoning as a method of termination.
    She must spend a minimum of thirty minutes alone with the corpse after her wishes are carried out.

    A deterrent to abortion?

Holy Innocents

Monday, December 28, AD 2015

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.

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  • If Herod were a sovereign person , this massacre of innocent children would not have happened and would not have been foretold in Scripture.
    Roe v. Wade, the abortion decision assumed that the unborn child was not a person. There was no proof to uphold this assumption. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is not in Roe. v. Wade. Roe v. Wade is miscarriage of Justice and the imposition of atheism, denying the metaphysical human soul, the free will and conscience, making beasts of all men.
    Corbinian’s bear prayed in public, but American citizens are prohibited from praying in the public square that belongs to all men in joint and common tenancy.

  • “If Herod were a sovereign person… ” I don’t know your meaning Mary. Are you meaning if he was a Christian? as in
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    Galatians 4:3
    “So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits* of the world. 4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our* hearts, crying, ‘Abba!* Father!’ 7So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.*
    8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods.