Holy Innocents – Promise Unfulfilled

 December 28, 2016

Christmas – Season of Promise

Feast Day of the Holy Innocents

The slaughter of the innocents–young lives wiped out because of one man’s insanity. How many future lives were lost? How many Rembrandts, Einsteins, Dantes–descendants of unborn generations too numerous to count.

Children dying in Syria, dying in Africa, slaughtered during the genocide in Rwanda and other areas where ethnic cleansing is happening, children dying from AIDS, from starvation, victims of humankind’s inhumanity and insanity. Countless babies aborted over the years, lives lost, never allowed to know their potential.

We’ll never know, never experience the promise of all those lives, all their potential.

“A cry was heard at Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation: Rachel bewailing her children; no comfort for her, since they are no more.”    Matthew 2:18  (See also Jeremiah 31:15)


This post is part of a series of reflections on the Church year. After hearing that a savior had been born, King Herod slaughtered the babies to eliminate this threat to his throne. Jesus was saved when Joseph took his family to Egypt. The Feast of the Holy Innocents remembers those innocent children.       Click to follow blog

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