In the Sacred Blood of Christ

I feel there is not a single drop of blood in me that does not burn with love for You (Diary, 343).

 During the month of July, we hear the litany to the Most Precious Blood of Christ sung in churches during evening services. A few months after our Lenten contemplation of the greatest mystery of our faith, the image of God tormented and suffering comes back to us. We may wonder why, during the summer month associated with holidays, the Church desires to direct our spiritual gaze to the streams of blood flowing from the pierced Heart of Jesus. Certainly this is due in part to St. Gaspar del Bufalo – called by Pope John XXIII the world’s true and greatest apostle of devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. In the Diary of St. Faustina there are many passages where she expresses her love for the Blood of our Lord given as a gift to us. Numerous mystical experiences gave her a profound understanding of this grace given to mankind: O Jesus, be mindful of Your own bitter Passion and do not permit the loss of souls redeemed at so dear a price of Your most precious Blood. O Jesus, when I consider the great price of Your Blood, I rejoice at its immensity, for one drop alone would have been enough for the salvation of all sinners (Diary, 72). We, too, are all invited to come to know more deeply the gift of the Blood of Christ so that after the example of the Apostle of Divine Mercy we may declare: I love You, Jesus, with every drop of my blood, and I would gladly shed my blood for You to give You a proof of the sincerity of my love (Diary, 57).

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