Saturday, December 28, 2013

Holy Innocents

William Holman Hunt  - "The Triumph of the Innocents"
As we commemorate one of the most heinous crimes in history today, we remember the countless innocent children killed by Herod, in his attempt to destroy Jesus. The Holy Innocents were given a martyr’s crown in the early days after the Savior’s birth. Knowing how precious they are to God and to everyone, we call on them to join in our prayer for an end to abortion and all forms of violence against children:
 - That the President of the United States, all other elected officials and judges may come to acknowledge the humanity of every child in the womb and to enact laws and policies to defend them.
 - That everyone throughout the world may be given the light to see beyond all doubt the full humanity and unique value of every child who has ever been conceived.
 - That all innocent children who suffer the scourges of war, the wrath of abuse, and the pain of neglect may come to know the power of God’s prevailing love and healing mercy.

The above painting by William Holman Hunt shows the Holy Family saving as many children as they could, taking them with them to Egypt, along with baby Jesus.
Also I remember today the beautiful memorial we erected besides the Cathedral in Baker City, in honor of our precious children, born and unborn. Who knows how many people pause as they walk by this Children’s Memorial and say a prayer. May each prayer said save a baby and help a distraught mother give birth to a her precious child.

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