The innocents

candle-flame From Matthew 2: 16-18:

"Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.  Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:

 A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”

... I think of the grieving community of Newtown -- of those heroic, selfless  educators, of those sweet little babies and their ruined families ... and I'm at a loss for words.