Saints of Christmas: Holy Innocents


Because it's Sunday, it actually isn't the feast of Holy Innocents today, but the feast of the Holy Family. Splitting the difference, image-wise, here's the Holy Family fleeing the plight of the Holy Innocents. The Church wastes no time reminding us of the connection between the crib and the cross!

Holy Innocents
Christina Rossetti

Unspotted lambs to follow the one Lamb,
Unspotted doves to wait on the one Dove;
To whom Love saith, 'Be with Me where I am,'
And lo their answer unto Love is love.

For tho' I know not any note they know,
Nor know one word of all their song above,
I know Love speaks to them, and even so
I know the answer unto Love is love.

Required reading for the day? Times Online: As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God. The subtitle says it all:Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa's biggest problem --the crushing passivity of the people's mindset.

Update: a lovely reflection on why the Holy Innocents are considered martyrs when they were too young to choose the witness thrust upon them. Curtsy: Mere Comments