Holy Martyrs of Sri Lanka, Pray For Us

The Slaughter of the Innocents.

By now, everyone knows of the Islamic Jihaddist terror attacks in the south-central island nation of Sri Lanka.

As well, everyone already knows all to well that the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton don’t even have the basic courtesy to refer that the vast majority of the victims, killed and wouneded alike, were Christians.

The reason I’m penning this article isn’t to infuriate you concerning the cowardly terrorists or the morally timid Democrats. No, this article is about the Holy Martyrs of Sri Lanka, especially the children.

The 1,500 year-old symbol of Christianity in Sri Lanka, the Cross of Anuradhapura

Besides a handful of swanky hotels that cater to a high-end Western clientel, three Christian churches were also targeted; Catholic churches St. Sebastian’s and St. Anthony’s Shrine outside of the nation’s capital, Columbo, and the Protestant Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa.

No disrespect to those innocent souls murdered at the hotels, but the fact of the matter is that the vast percentage of those killed and wounded were native Sri Lankan Christians. Many were Protestants, but the majority were members of the nation’s ancient Catholic presence.

Please keep in mind that Christianity dates all the way back to the 1st Century AD, when the island was evangelized by St Thomas the Apostle, better known to some as “Doubting Thomas.”

With that aside, much like King Herod I who ordered the Slaughter of the Innocents, the Islamists obviously took a deep perverse joy in targeting children, regardless if they were at Easter Mass or relaxing poolside.

In a theological point that nearly all Christians adhere to, anyone who dies a martyr’s death for Christ is assured salvation.

As St. John prophesied in his Book of the Apocalypse, “And another angel came, and stood before the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God.”

Martyres autem Sri Lankae, ora pro nobis.