When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah,wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’
Matthew 2:16-18

Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents. It is one of the days in the church calendar, which commemorates the communion of the saints. The Holy Innocents are commemorated in Scripture in Matthew as referenced above. Herod killed the children in and around Bethlehem in an attempt to kill Jesus, who was identified as King by the Wise Men. Jesus was a threat to his power.

Cyberbullying is the actions taken by a child or teen online or with digital technologies to harass, threaten, torment another child or teen. It’s important to for those being bullied to speak up. Check out this video from CBC News to hear about Hannah Brundson, a 16 year old who spoke out about her struggle with mental illness. The report highlights others who are speaking out about their harassment at the hands of bullies, leading to depression and mental illness. The report is very informative about how no one is immune to mental illness, and also the importance of breaking the silence.

Children and teens like those in the video are our Holy Innocents today. Living in silence with mental illness is killing our children. Having mental illness compounded by bullying and cyberbullying is killing our children. There is hope when the silence is broken. Thank you, Hannah, for breaking the silence.

In 1921 Frederick Banting and his scientific team refined a medical discovery and then administered insulin to children suffering from diabetes in a medical ward in Toronto. “They went from bed-to-bed and injected them with the new purified extract – insulin. This is known as one of medicines most dramatic moments. Before injecting the last comatose children, the first started to awaken from their comas” (Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/diabetes/discoveryofinsulin.php). Banting saved the Holy Innocents of his day. His discovery continues to save lives today.

This post is dedicated to the Holy Innocents and those who work to protect them.