pray for them and for the people who did this to them. May their blood, like yours, lead to the conversion of the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Mother Mary, receive these children to yourself and give them to God through our Lord Jesus.
I sometimes wonder if, in the Providence of God, the reason God has permitted so many deaths of innocents in our age is because our age is so uniquely depraved in the history of the world. It is striking to me that the mystery of God’s justice seems to leave to the worst of us the decision of what will be done to the best of us. Atheists sometimes complain at God that he is a brute for allowing his Son to be crucified. They forget their own case. For if the atheist is right, there *is* no God. Which means that the utter brutality meted out to Jesus was–as it was–*our* choice. We are the ones who came up with the scourging, the cruelty of the crown of thorns, the brutality of the cross. All our invention. Stop blaming God for submitting humbly to what we brutal bullies put him through. It’s an act of cowardice. But then an awful lot of atheist rhetoric, particularly when it start appealing to Darwin as Prophet, effectively act as court prophet to the very worst sort of Might Makes Right worship of power. And that is, after all, what abortion rhetoric boils down to in most cases: the baby is the weakest partner in the triad of man, woman, and child. The strong do what they will and the weak suffer what they must. It was to destroy and invert this dynamic that he who was rich for our sake became poor and suffered all we could throw at him in our worship of power.