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A Tough Subject: “The Innocents”

I have no doubt that there are many who may read or not read my article, and for reasons I understand more than you think.  But God put it upon my heart to write this so that prayers can be said for the Innocents. Babies, the most vulnerable next to the elderly and the disabled or handicap.  Many of you who have read my bio and articles know that I am very devout in my faith in God.  You also know of my career as a police officer, who worked several details, one being sex crimes against children.   Having been sexually abused as a child, and bent on defending these little ones, once able to do so, I take it to heart when I read of a child or baby, (yes a baby) who has been raped, sexually abused, or murdered over the same.  It sickens me to the core.

If I was a judge or had the power for one day, those who do such would be castrated and put away so they could never hurt an innocent child again.  For those who don’t care or hate this country, but take everything from it, destroy and complain, I would send them to a socialistic, communist country.  Recently, I read of a 6-month-old baby, sexually abused while being filmed. Or the father who raped his own twin daughter than strangled her.  Yes, this is hard to write, and its probably hard to read.  I cried and prayed, asking God to help me forget.  Some would say “well if there is a God, why allow this to happen?” The answer I always get is that the innocent soul is taken to heaven where it can’t be hurt anymore.

Funny how God works, but I opened my book, “Jesus Speaks to Faustina and You” by Susan Tassone for my daily mediative reflection and how apropos it was to read today.
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September 16th

Protect the Children

As I walked about, inspecting everything, I suddenly saw a crowd of children who seemed to be no older than five to eleven years of age.  When they saw me, they surrounded me and began to cry out.  “Defend us from evil,” (179) (Diary of St. Faustina), and they led me into the chapel which was in the convent. When I entered the chapel, I saw the distressful Lord Jesus.  Jesus looked at me graciously and said that He was gravely offended by the abuse of children: You are to defend them from evil.  From that moment, I have been praying for the children, but I feel that prayers alone are not enough.  (Diary, 765)

Reflection:

St. Faustina makes an important point when it comes to protecting children, a topic that dominates the news in our own time.  Yes, we need to keep them in our prayers, but “that alone is not enough.  “We’re also called to take action to keep them safe from those who would harm them.

Jesus have mercy on us and on the whole world!

The abuser above mentioned not by name but by the act only got 15 months.  I wonder if the judge who gave such a sentence has children or grandchildren!

Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for sharing Lynn. Hard stuff for anyone, but especially having worked so close to it as you and Danny have. I’m reminded of a Hal Lindsey book, ‘Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth’ when I hear of crimes such as those you mention and the evil in the world. It is not only a catchy book title but also states a Biblical truth. For whatever reason – we will not understand this side of heaven – God has allowed satan free reign on earth for a time. As we see with Job, satan cannot go beyond the bounds set by God, but nonetheless he (satan) is the ruler of this world (John 12:31) (2 Cor 4:4)

    The sad reality is Satan is the major influence on the ideals, opinions, goals, hopes and views of the majority of people. His influence also encompasses the world’s philosophies, education, and commerce. The thoughts, ideas, speculations and false religions of the world are under his control and have sprung from his lies and deceptions.

    This is not to say that he rules the world completely; God is still sovereign. But it does mean that God, in His infinite wisdom, has allowed Satan to operate in this world within the boundaries God has set for him. When the Bible says Satan has power over the world, we must remember that God has given him domain over unbelievers only. Believers are no longer under the rule of Satan (Colossians 1:13).

    It is a difficult, challenging task and one made possible only by the leading and transforming power of the Spirit, but as believers we pray not only for our enemies and for those who persecute us, but even for the salvation of those who commit the most heinous of crimes. Christ died even for those…….His grace is amazing.

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

    • Mike, so often many things run through my mind of the amount of evil that is spreading accross our world, that impact the innocent ones. All that you stated above I am completley aware, and it is good to read, and re-read it from different perspectives of those who have a firm belief in Our Creator, All the Angels and Saints in Heaven and most importantly the Blessed Mother. That is what got me through my time on the streets, and has gotten me through the times I cry over such evil. Thank you for taking time to respond in the eloquent manner you write. God Bless our children and grandchildren and the children all over the world.

      • Didn’t mean to suggest you were not aware of everything I said – I respond as I do to acknowledge your writing but also for the benefit of others who might read and have wondered about the evil in the world………”How could a loving God……” is such a common doubt expressed by many.

  2. Man’s justice will always be imperfect but God’s justice will be perfect Linnie. I worked Special Investigations for a sheriff’s department for over five years with over 500 cases.

    I considered it doing God’s work to validate the most vulnerable and hold the guilty accountable. The hardest detail I ever worked as a detective but the most rewarding when a child or the parent would unexpectedly give me a hug of appreciation. No award could ever compare with that experience!
    Coram Deo

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