As I mentioned before, this feast is always a struggle for me.
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
These children were martyred for the sake of Christ. The traditional number is said to be 14,000. I’m not sure where the number comes from because it is almost certainly much, much less. 14,000 is a lot, no?
What about 140,000?
What about 1,400,000?
That last number is the number of babies aborted in this country in 1994. It is estimated to be over 1.2 million this year.
Through the prayers of the Holy Innocents, may this outrage be stopped.
[Thanks to Kh. Nicole for pointing me in the direction of a post of her husband’s on this very topic. I encourage you to read it.]