Monday, December 17, 2012


Scene from Newtown Conn. mass shooting -- Dec. 15, 2012 -- NBC News photo

Jihad Misharawi, of BBC Arabic, cradling the body of his 11-month-old baby Omar after his house was struck in Israel’s air strike on Wednesday 14 November 2012—AP photo

The death of Holy Innocents is all around us.  Too many children destroyed.  Over the past years a couple of thousands in Syria, 35 in eight days in Gaza, 20 in less than one hour in Newton, Connecticut.  We are appalled at some—those that make the media.  The images of suffering children in Gaza are sequestered and little seen.  My dear Ande watched their online video for minutes and tears of compassion came quickly, with a resolve to say the rosary daily till Christmas.  Countless children killed in all wars day after day; in abortion they number millions each year. 
We pray with Thomas Merton for light in the darkness—a Savior is born in a stable. 

Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for Him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because He cannot be at home in it, because He is out of place in it, and yet must be in it, His place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied status as persons, who are tortured, bombed, and exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in the world. He is mysteriously present in those for whom there seems to be nothing but the world at its worst.
  --- from Thomas Merton’s essay ‘The Time of the End is the Time of No Room’.

An idolatrous lie replaces the Credo--the Great Deceiver insinuates: I believe in Gun the power almighty, protector of heaven and earth.

Lord Jesus, save us from evil one, who whispers that killing is sometimes required to secure the way to the Kingdom of God. 

This sign to appear in downtown Port Huron, Dec. 24th .  May we unite against violence everywhere it lurks.  May we unite the devotional charity [The Merciful] and social justice [The Just] aspects of our churches--conservative and liberal sides of our community--which have too often been at odds. They both must work and pray for each other---repent of violence-based cliff-hanger politics, and commit to the common good.

Pray for all the children --
To help with those in Syria see Catholic Relief Service active during the whole past year of hostilities
or our local contact
And please see my report on the complex Syria war--

For help in Gaza see
Some ideas to support families in Newton, CN

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