I tell my students that there are three great sins in America today. I didn’t get this out of a book; and maybe your list would be different than mine. These three sins, dominate the entire West – not just America – and they have one thing in common: they all militate against life. Abortion is the taking of a life; national debt chokes the life out of capital formation and economic activity that is essential to the development and use of life-sustaining resources; and gender confusion is the complete narcissism of self love that is by definition sterile and anti-life.
The Feast of Holy Innocents is an observance from which we wish we could turn away. Since the fourth century, however, the Church has asked us to look. On this day we commemorate the first martyrs of the church, to whom St. Augustine referred as the “first buds of the church killed by the frost of persecution.” In this homily Fr. John discusses the meaning of the slaughter of the innocents by Herod in St. Matthew 2, and its application to the national sin of abortion. This homily was offered on December 28, 2014 on the Feast of Holy Innocents.