12/14/14 Pastor’s Message

January 22nd, 2015 by Donna in Pastors Message Archive 2014

From Fr. Dennis’ Desk.

 

Weeping For Our Children

 

“A voice is heard in Rama, crying and weeping, Rachel weeping for her children.”  Divine Office, Roman Rite

 

No one among us will ever forget the tragic events of December 14, 2012 in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown.  The slaughter of innocents, those children and adults (whose lifelong passion was to nurture and protect the little ones) were violently taken from us.  Families shattered, grief palpable, and we are left to say “Why?” in the aftermath.

 

The quote from above is from the liturgy for December 28, in the Octave of Christmas, which is the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  Children slaughtered in the place of the Infant King, whom the evil authorities sought to snuff out; the innocents died as wordless martyrs.  They are since known as Comites Christi, the special companions of Christ who are remembered forever.

 

So many efforts have been done to remember the twenty-six who lost their lives, from playgrounds in their memories to awards, scholarships, and foundations.  People more eloquent than I have spoken in their names and on their behalf.  I bring it up so that we may never forget the pain of so many, as we commend them to the loving embrace of Christ, Who wept at the death of His friend, Lazarus.

 

Jesus weeps with us, for the Holy Innocents, and He comforts us as only He can.  May all who mourn their deaths, especially their parents, siblings, and grandparents, and families, be comforted today and always.

 

Remembering them all,

Fr. Dennis J. Vincenzo

 

P.S.: The 11:00 a.m. Mass today is offered for the Sandy Hook community, all the dead, and all the survivors.  Let us be united in prayer.

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