I hate this memorial. I know it, as a Catholic, I pray it and ponder it.
It’s a hard kind of Hallelujah, knowing that once again, and then, our hard cold world is willing to steal innocent lives….all too often with some twisted evil agenda or just plain broken minds and souls. Then. Now. It’s too close to us, once again, this year.
But as I pray through this hard solemn day in the feasting of the octave of Christmas, I take blind faith and cold comfort in the knowledge that these kids – all the kids from way back to these first innocent babes to the shocking ones this month – ARE INNOCENTS. And in our faith, we are taught that they are martyrs and immediately received into the joyful comfort and bliss and understanding of their role in the unfolding of creation and our world.
So, today I weep, again, for these babies. I don’t begin to understand. I weep for the the hard extraction of holiness from our hell on earth. And I cry out to find the goodness in such unspeakable hard. But I trust, I trust in the promise of my faith, and the grace that fills the void. And, just as with the first innocents…..we remember these.