Saturday, December 15, 2012

There are no words...

This week I attended our parish's Advent Mission and the priest giving the talks, Father Wade Mendes, mentioned evil. Evil exists in the world. What happened earlier this week a few miles south of me at Clackamas Town Center and what happened yesterday in Newtown, Connecticut proves that.

I can't imagine what those parents and families are going through. I don't want to because losing a child is my worst nightmare. It's the same for every parent out there. All I can do is keep praying for the children, the staff and their families.


A Prayer To The Holy Innocents

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.

Amen.



I found this picture and prayer via The Catholic Church Facebook page. No copyright infringement intended.

3 comments:

Janet said...

Melissa -

What a beautiful prayer! I also like in the northwest - just a little south of you. I was so saddened about the Clackamas Town Center shooting. The shooting in Newton, PA is just about breaking my heart - I have a kindergarten aged granddauthter and can't imagine something like that happening to her. I have been praying for all those affected and hope they can realize some peace in time.

Quilt Lady said...

Your prayer was so beautiful. This is so sad. I can't believe the crazy people in this world. Something should really be done about them. You here so much of these things happening anymore. I still can't believe how often it does happen.

Brandy said...

I stayed off the computer yesterday and am only now reading this. Thank you for posting this prayer.