Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Infant Martyr Flowers

Today I received my e-newsletter from Human Life International .
Rev. Euteneuer explains how the feast of the Holy Innocents celebrated since the 6th century in the Catholic Church can inspire us to action to save innocent life in this generation. I encourage you to go to his website and read the brief article on Pro-Life New Year's Resolutions for 2007. He does a much better job than my post yesterday.

He makes a profound point in that the holy innocents slaughtered by Herod died for (in place of) Christ! Wow! I never thought about it in those terms and when I read the Christmas story, tended to skip over that tragic event. Some historians believe that only a small number of children, perhaps less than twenty, were killed by Herod's soldiers. None the less, these innocent lives are honored by the Church because they faced the wrath of the sword so that the baby Jesus could escape unharmed until the time for His perfect sacrifice had come.

St. Augustine referred to them as Infant Martyr Flowers

"These then, whom Herod's cruelty tore as sucklings from their mothers' bosom, are justly hailed as "infant martyr flowers"; they were the Church's first blossoms, matured by the frost of persecution during the cold winter of unbelief."

As with all feasts and devotional practices, the Church gives us these things as tools of sanctification and growth so we can more earnestly live our lives for Him. The purpose being that as our faith in Christ grows, our actions should also grow commensurately.

Father, the Holy Innocents offered you praise by the death they suffered for Christ. May our lives bear witness to the faith we profess with our lips. During this cold winter of unbelief, let our lives and witness work for an end to this frost of persecution(abortion). We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Blogger Pilgrimsarbour said...

"He makes a profound point in that the holy innocents slaughtered by Herod died for (in place of) Christ!" That's a beautiful and poignant sentiment. I admit that I never gave the whole incident much thought beyond the fact that Jesus was saved from Herod's cruelty. I will think of that much differently now, and pass that on to my boys.

December 29, 2006 6:41 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

thanks for the comment. It really does put a new dimension to the Christmas story, that has such practical application to our time as well.
Today We have "Herodian commands" that seek to thwart the purposes of God, but God will prevail. Those Holy innocents are before His throne rooting for us!

December 29, 2006 9:51 PM  

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