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UPDATE: I received a note from Martin Kochanski today explaining matters. I’ve written back asking his permission to post it. I’ll let folks know. It does seem that immediate action was taken, as the site carries a very different introduction today.

Universalis.com is a very good and worthwhile project. It makes available the entire Liturgy of the Hours and Mass readings each day on the internet and even downloadable to mobile phones. This site has linked extensively to Universalis, and will continue to do so in the future.

It was with no small amount of shock that I read the introduction to today’s feast, The Holy Innocents.

Read it here at Universalis for yourself.

A ghastly introduction.

The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

“There is nothing to be said about the Holy Innocents. They were no-one because they never had the chance to become anyone: they just died.

“They may stand for the unimportant and unnecessary pawns that permeate the whole of human history, the ones who can be sacrificed for some greater cause because they don’t really matter; the eggs that were broken to make an omelette… or to make nothing at all…”

REALLY?!?! Your third paragraph creating a link to abortion is a non sequitur.

There is nothing to be said about the Holy Innocents? Well, Martin Kochanski, I suggest that you read my two posts today 1 and 2, to get yourself a clue.

They were no one?! So when God says He knew us before He knit us in our mother’s womb, we should tell Him to consult Universalis first.

If anyone is as outraged over this introduction to the Holy Innocents as I am, please contact Universalis.

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Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs. Many will no doubt draw parallels with the Holy Innocents of our age. So let’s stop and reflect together in two posts. If one were to accept the definition of personhood given by our Culture of Death, these Innocents barely qualified, as they had no real substantive accomplishments or contributions to society. But their deaths purposed their lives in ways greater than John the Baptist’s. Their slaughter, their collective sacrifice was the first public heralding of Jesus as the Messiah, the King of Kings. So terrified was Satan of this coming that he entered Herod’s heart and preyed on his vanity and fear, and sought the only remedy his rebellion against God will admit-Death.

The loss of so many in our day to abortion similarly is not a meaningless sacrifice. These Innocents too, in their collective sacrifice, act as heralds. Their sacrifice proclaims the sanctity of a single human life. The proclamation of that sanctity underscores the purpose of the Incarnation. The Messiah Himself tells us that He is the Good Shepherd who would leave the entire flock to seek out the one lost sheep. He tells us that there is more rejoicing in Heaven over one repentant sinner than there is over ninety-nine righteous men giving praise.

These innocents, though their lives have been short, thunder at us to regain our sanity, to reclaim our dignity, and in so doing realize their great potential. They are our advocates before the Father, their prayers especially for their mothers’ and fathers’ healing and wholeness. They echo Jesus’ prayer on the cross to forgive us, for we know not what we do. Most truly do not know.

On this feast, we do well to pray with and for those mothers and fathers, rejoicing with those who have come to embrace of the Gospel of Life and who now labor together in the pro-life movement. To hear a single witness has been the most profound experience for me. My prayerful best wishes this day to all mothers and fathers in Silent No More, Rachel’s Vineyard and all other related ministries. You have been towers of strength and inspiration for this one scientist. My decision to place my scientific career on a pro-life advocacy trajectory has been in no small measure the fruit of your witness. May God Bless You, and those parents whose similar embrace of the Gospel of life we pray is not too far distant.

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