St. Rita of Cascia had two sons who “were determined to revenge their slain father. [Since Rita wasn’t able to change their minds, she] prayed to God, asking Him to take her sons before they lost their souls to the mortal sin of murder. One year later, her prayers were answered when both of her sons fell prey to dysentery and died.” (Catholic.org)
If it’s good praying for someone’s death to protect them from the possibility of mortal sin, wouldn’t it be just as logical to pray for the death of all infants? Asking God to take them would make it impossible for them to sin.
(This question doesn’t necessarily reflect what I actually think - I’m just curious as to what CA thinks about it. Thanks!)
I would say no, because we don’t know who the infants will become. We cannot see their future, so we have no right to say we know what they will do. Plus, they have as much of a right to live as we do, and I know I’m not perfect, haha! Good question, though. I think it’s similar to St. Dominic Savio’s favorite saying: “Death over mortal sin”. But, since we can’t know who those infants will be, it’s not a case for us to handle.
No, we do not or should not pray for the death of infants. Other than being born with “original sin”…a tag I don’t really like…an infant is born with a clean slate. We should pray that for every child there should be an abundance of grace and blessings heaped on every newborn, for there is bound to be a few new saints in the making. In the NT God wanted infants to live, otherwise He would not have made Jesus His son.