"There is anguish for us, twenty centuries later, in thinking of the slain babies and their parents. For the babies the agony was soon over; in the next world they would come to know the one they had died to save and for all eternity they would have that glory. For the parents, the pain would have lasted longer; but at death they too must have found that there was a special sense in which God was in their debt, as he had never been indebted to any. They and their children were the only ones who ever agonized in order to save God’s life."
The violent deaths of innocent children have not ended in what many think is a more civilized time. Families are grieving in Connecticut because a man shot their children. People speculate on the reasons, but the ultimate reason can be found in our culture. Blessed John Paul II called the culture of the contemporary world a "culture of death." People are treated as objects and the "virtual reality" of our media and games encourages us to see them as such. Fear still drives people, as it drove King Herod, to kill children who are seen as threats to our freedom, our life style, our happiness. Growing and developing outside or inside the womb, children are viewed as property that can be discarded for convenience or in anger. I am praying for the families of the Innocents of Connecticut today and offering Mass for an end to abortion.