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Precious Blood of Jesus

 

July 1st was the feast of the Precious Blood of Jesus and the entire month is dedicated to this. It is important to appreciate this devotion because it reveals the extent of Our Lord’s love for us and how it saves us, as the litany says.

 

The doctrine of the Incarnation teaches us that the Son of God became man and by this mystery every part of His humanity belongs to God. This means that His Blood is God’s Blood and worthy of divine adoration. As the God-Man, Jesus Christ could have simply wished us to be saved for salvation to take place. However, Our Lord wanted to show how great His love for us was and the horror of sin so He underwent the Passion and Death, shedding even the last drop of His Precious Blood when His Sacred Heart was pierced by the soldier. The Holy Ghost through St. Paul teaches us that this was necessary because “without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin” (Heb. 9,22). Realizing these things will create the desire in us to love God in return, to thank Him and make reparation for our sins.

 

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continues this shedding of His Blood but now in a mystical, sacramental and unbloody way. Through Holy Communion we in fact receive this Precious Blood and are made one with Jesus as a prelude to life with Him in heaven. “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him” (St. John 6,57) “… and I will raise him up on the last day” (St. John 6,55). With the divine strength infused into us by His Blood no wonder so many saints have gladly surrendered their own blood out of love. In all the sufferings and struggles of our own lives we can courageously do the same by the strength given by reception of the Precious Blood of Our Savior. We should receive Holy Communion frequently to avail ourselves of such benefits.

 

"Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood and hast made us a kingdom for our God.”

 

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Saint Thomas More

 

Saint Thomas More was a lawyer and Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII. Thomas opposed Henry’s denial of Papal Supremacy and refused to renounce all claims of jurisdiction over the Church except Henry’s. Thus began Thomas’ walk on the path towards martyrdom. He steadfastly maintained his faith in God and his expectations for happiness in the next life. Throughout his time in prison and even onto the block, Thomas kept his sense of humor for the benefit of his family and friends. Thomas was a smart, honorable, sweet, and loving man. He could have avoided martyrdom and could have spent many more happy years with his beloved family if he had signed an oath he believed to be wrong. His sacrificed all to remain loyal to the Catholic Church and the Papacy. We should all try to emulate Thomas’ integrity, strength, and faith.
 

 

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Praise for Persecutions

July 13 –St. Cyprian

“The Lord would have us rejoice in persecutions and leap for joy, because when persecutions come, then the crowns of faith are given, then the soldiers of God are proved, then the heavens are opened to Martyrs.”

 

July 12 –St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

“The soul is reflected in the countenance:  like to a little child always content, your countenance should be invariably calm and serene.  When you are alone, be still the same because you are ever in the sight of the angels.”

 

July 11 –St. Philip Neri

“If a man finds it hard to forgive injuries, let him look at a crucifix.”

 

July 10 –St. Augustine

“If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.”

 

July 9 –St. Jerome

“No one cares to speak to an unwilling listener.  An arrow never lodges in a stone:  often it recoils upon the shooter of it.  Let the detractor learn from your unwillingness to listen not to be so ready to detract.”

 

July 8 –St. Augustine

“Let us love God as our Father, and the Church as our Mother.”

Catholic Education

Monday, July 7, 2014, Feast of Cyril and Methodius

The Church has always been the civilizing leaven in the world and the promoter and guardian of Truth and its spread.  Saints Cyril and Methodius are examples of this and their story is here: https://servants.worldsecuresystems.com/saints/sts-cyril-and-methodius

St. Cyril in particular shows the educational side of the Faith.  He was a priest and philosopher/teacher at the "university" of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) which was established by the emperor in about 400 AD.  It had 31 chairs of departments in all fields of study divided into Latin and Greek speaking professors.  It is good to realize that this is about 800 years before the founding of the University of Paris and the other famous universities of Europe.  The emperor in the 9th century asked St. Cyril to give up his position and become a missionary.  He did so and through his priesthood brought the Faith to many and through his Christian learning gave these barbarian peoples a written language which he composed for them.  The characters he developed for their writing are named after him: cyrillic script.  Another case of how much we have today comes from the Church.

Fishers of Men

Sunday, July 6, 2014, 4th Sunday after Pentecost    

Christ in today's Gospel performs a miracle on the Sea of Galilee and teaches the apostles that their new mission in life will be to catch the souls of men for heaven.  The texts for this Mass are full of encouragement for the faithful who persevere in their fidelity to Our Lord.  God is looking out for His own and will lead them to victory over the most powerful enemies.


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