Slaughter of the Innocents
This time of year we focus on Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men, but we need to keep in mind that at the time of Christ's birth life was very violent and perilous at best.
One of the saddest parts of the Christmas story is the "slaughter of the innocents" by Herod.
As we meditate on the birth of the Christ child in the next several weeks, continue to pray for an end to the "slaughter of the innocents" that occurs on a daily basis in an aborturary near you.
The Church venerates these children as martyrs (flores martyrum); they are the first buds of the Church killed by the frost of persecution; they died not only for Christ, but in his stead (St. Aug., "Sermo 10us de sanctis").