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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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Advent encouragement for pro-lifers from today’s Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings

A letter to Diognetus

God showed his love through his Son

No man has ever seen God or known him, but God has revealed himself to us through faith, by which alone it is possible to see him. God, the Lord and maker of all things, who created the world and set it in order, not only loved man but was also patient with him. So he has always been, and is, and will be: kind, good, free from anger, truthful; indeed, he and he alone is good.

He devised a plan, a great and wonderful plan, and shared it only with his Son. As long as he preserved this secrecy and kept his own wise counsel he seemed to be neglecting us, to have no concern for us. But when through his beloved Son he revealed and made public what he had prepared from the very beginning, he gave us all at once gifts such as we could never have dreamt of, even sight and knowledge of himself.

When God had made all his plans in consultation with his Son, he waited until a later time, allowing us to follow our own whim, to be swept along by unruly passions, to be led astray by pleasure and desire. Not that he was pleased by our sins: he only tolerated them. Not that he approved of that time of sin: he was planning this era of holiness. When we had been shown to be undeserving of life, his goodness was to make us worthy of it. When we had made it clear that we could not enter God’s kingdom by our own power, we were to be enabled to do so by the power of God.

When our wickedness had reached its culmination, it became clear that retribution was at hand in the shape of suffering and death. The time came then for God to make known his kindness and power (how immeasurable is God’s generosity and love!). He did not show hatred for us or reject us or take vengeance; instead, he was patient with us, bore with us, and in compassion took our sins upon himself; he gave his own Son as the price of our redemption, the holy one to redeem the wicked, the sinless one to redeem sinners, the just one to redeem the unjust, the incorruptible one to redeem the corruptible, the immortal one to redeem mortals. For what else could have covered our sins but his sinlessness? Where else could we, wicked and sinful as we were, have found the means of holiness except in the Son of God alone?

How wonderful a transformation, how mysterious a design, how inconceivable a blessing! The wickedness of the many is covered up in the holy One, and the holiness of One sanctifies many sinners.

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