I received the following e-mail today at work from my brother, and given the number of teachers, mothers, and fathers we have in our CFJ family I thought it was appropriate to share.
This is no forward or reply necessary; just typed this to share with you and encourage your prayer.
The Holy Innocents are a group of Saints (children) [see Mathew 2: 16-18] that Catholics celebrate every year on their feast day of December 28. It seems fitting for the time of year and the tragedy in Connecticut. Here is a prayer for the Holy Innocents that I know millions are currently praying in honor of all involved if you’d like to join in.
Holy Innocents, you died before you were old enough to know what life means, pray for all children who die young that God may gather them into His loving arms.
Holy Innocents, you were killed because one man was filled with hatred, pray for those who hate that God may touch their hearts and fill them with love.
Holy Innocents, you experienced a violent death, pray for all who are affected by violence that they may find peace and love.
Holy Innocents, your parents grieved for you with deep and lasting sorrow, pray for all parents who have lost young children that God may wrap a warm blanket of comfort around them.
Holy Innocents, those around you certainly felt helpless to prevent your deaths, pray for all who feel helpless in their circumstances that they may cling to God for courage and hope.
Holy Innocents, you who are now in Heaven, pray for all of us that one day we may join you there to bask in God’s love forever.
I offer this up to you not only in an effort to support the families suffering from last Friday’s events, but as a reminder to all of you not to take anything in your life for granted. From your job, to your spouse, to your children, to your friends, to your health. Be humble and thankful every day for the blessings you have, big or small.