Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Thousands were killed, and history tells us the wails of the mothers of these children could be heard for days. Herod killed these innocents in the hope of killing the Christ Child so he might retain his kingship. Herod was proud, arrogant and selfish, however ultimately he killed all of these little boys 2 years of age and under because he was filled with fear. He was fearful of losing his power, losing his riches, losing his place in society, losing his place in the hierarchy of the Roman Empire. He was fearful his legacy would be destroyed and his son would not succeed him. Herod was afraid of an innocent child, an innocent new born baby.
Unfortunately, it is not any different today. Millions of young men and young women are afraid of their unborn children. They are afraid of the changes the child will bring to their lives. They are afraid of being alienated by friends and family, afraid of being inconvenienced, afraid of the cost, and afraid of the responsibility of caring for another human being. All of this fear has resulted in the loss of the 58 million Holy Innocents of our lifetime, the Holy Innocents murdered in the safest place they should ever know, in the wombs of their fearful mothers.
Poverty of truth is precisely where our culture resides. It is our call as pro-life Catholics to be the heralds of truth, to call a spade a spade, to let everyone know unequivocally Abortion is Murder. Abortion is a mortal sin against the Fifth Commandment, “Thou Shall Not Kill” and yet how many believe because abortion is the law of the land and is legal it is somehow not murder? Instead we call the dismembering of an unborn child in the womb of his mother “women’s reproductive rights.” What we should be fearful of rather than an unborn child is the wrath of God for the 58 million Holy Innocents lost to abortion in this country. Unborn children gifted to their parents as blessings from God. Unborn children, tiny souls, given special missions by God that could change our world, or at least our corner of it if only they are given the opportunity to be born.
Please know if you have had an abortion or worked in the abortion industry I am not condemning you. I know first hand the fear of unplanned pregnancy and first hand the destructive spiral caused by abortion. I have come to realize God forgives all our sins no matter how heinous but it is sometimes more difficult to forgive ourselves. The guilt carried after abortion has many repercussions including depression, anxiety, addiction problems, and eating disorders. If you or someone you know is suffering these problems please consider reconciling yourself with God, and to seek healing through programs such as Project Rachel and Then There Were None. I promise you your issues will dissipate, albeit slowly, as you heal from guilt and reacquaint yourself with Jesus Christ.
We have no reason to fear as long as Jesus Christ is in our life. Whether we are facing unplanned pregnancy, illness or bankruptcy, He is the answer to the fear, the anxiety, and the distress in our lives. We must discern in prayer and be sure we do not supersede His desires with our own simply because His desires make us fearful. Do not be afraid, Our Lord has your back. He has your plan. He has everything you need whenever you need it, you only need to call on Him in trust and surrender your will to His holy will for your life.
It is written that Herod died deranged, of chronic kidney disease and gangrene of the groin. Could it be this very rare, very painful, very confusing death was a symptom of the sin in his life? Could it be the pain he suffered was a result of killing 14,000 innocent children out of fear and fury? Could the baffling drug problem all over this country today be a symptom of our sins? Could the uncertainty in everything from the news, to politics to the stock market be the result of a gangrene of greed? Could the rage, disrespect, self-centered society we are a part of today be the result of the taking of more than 58 million innocent lives in this country through abortion? I fear the answers to all of these questions are yes my friends as the further we move away from truth, away from God, the deeper the confusion becomes and the deeper we fall into the black hole of disregard for others. God is the opposite of all of this. God is simply peace, love and stillness. He is the rest stop where our worries are hushed, where our confusion is stifled and our lives are filled with tranquility. When we are anxious and fearful due to sin, the Sacred Heart of Our Lord is wounded simply because He loves us and longs for us to trust and rest in Him. If only Herod had known these simple truths, how different things might have been.
God Bless you my friends!
Love & Prayers,