Twenty new little stars: Christmas and the vulnerability of children

We need to see the stars, and and focus their light on the work to be done. Let’s work together to do what we can to ensure this can’t continue to happen.


Do there seem to be 20 new little stars twinkling in the sky during this dark Christmas season? You have to look carefully, because this is a time of national grief, when seeing any light at all in the darkness can seem difficult, perhaps even impossible.

A woman kneels in front of a fence with the names of the 20 children killed a week ago at a memorial at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 21, 2012. (EPA)

Jesus came into the world as a vulnerable little child. This very vulnerability of Jesus as a baby teaches us something fundamental about the depth of meaning contained in the idea of “God-with-us” as taught through the Christian Gospels.

The risks [of the vulnerability of children] are so awful. How can we bear it as those who love children and want to protect them? Every day, there are…

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