Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. May we pray for the little ones that are not only being aborted but abused and abandoned. More children are suffering today than at any other time in all of history. We are truly living in a culture of death. Even the children that are in so called "decent" households are being neglected. The child is looked upon without love, without guidance, without God. Households today have surrendered their children to the world, to video games, to the internet, to Satan. How many families pray together? How many couples pray together and bring grace to their families? Do we realize that this life is very short and that the next is eternal? Do we realize that God has given us every means to live healthy, happy and holy lives if we just turn to Him and ask for these graces in prayer? Don't we want to be saints? Don't we want our children to be saints?
We are entering into a New Year - may we make a huge commitment to turn back to God in family prayer! May we pray to the little innocent ones that have gone before us and are now before God. May we ask them to pray for us and our families.
Below is a link to "The Coventry Carol" - a 16th century English song that mourns the Holy Innocents killed in Bethlehem following the birth of Christ. King Herod, approved by Rome to rule over Judea, heard that a King had been born in Bethlehem. Fearing for his earthly crown, Herod ordered the slaughter of all male children under the age of two in Bethlehem. The innocent children were killed by the soldiers of Herod and the mournful mothers grieved the loss of their beloved sons.
The slaughter of the Holy Innocents fulfills the prophecy of Jeremiah and writes in blood the first chapter of the History of the Church. Christ the King is saved by the flight into Egypt, while the children who died in the stead of the Messiah received their crowns in Heaven as the first martyrs of the Church.
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!