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Friday, December 28, 2007

Feast of the Holy Innocents

This Feast has a good and bad aspect. Jesus is saved by the warning the angel gave Joseph in a dream, but other children were cruelly torn from their mothers and slaughtered. This brings great sadness to many families; it is a tragedy to lose a child, but in such a horrible way goes beyond my imagining the sorrow inflicted on innocent families. At the same time, our faith tells us that these Holy Innocents will be with God and happy for all eternity. The second picture shows the triumph of the Holy Innocents. I have always struggled with this feast as it was always a special day of play and fun in the Society of the Sacred Heart - a day we looked forward to as novices as the rule of silence was relaxed. I guess I will always have mixed feelings about this day and think Jesus does, too. Maybe it is because so many innocent children are still being slaughtered.

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