Friday, July 1, 2011

July Devotion: Precious Blood Of Christ

Unlimited is the effectiveness of the God-Man's Blood - just as unlimited as the love that impelled him to pour it out for us, first at his circumcision eight days after birth, and more profusely later on in his agony in the garden, in his scourging and crowning with thorns, in his climb to Calvary and crucifixion, and finally from out of that great wide wound in his side which symbolizes the divine Blood cascading down into all the Church's sacraments. Such surpassing love suggests, nay demands, that everyone reborn in the torrents of that Blood adore it with grateful love.

July is the month dedicated to the Precious Blood of Christ. The quote above is from an Apostolic Letter written by Blessed Pope John XXIII.  May we take this month which also begins with the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to do as Bl. John XXIII tells us~adore this outpouring of Our Lord's unlimited love with our own grateful love.
You can read the rest of Bl. Pope John XXII's Apostolic Letter here.
I also wrote more on the connection between the feast of the Sacred Heart and the Precious Blood of Christ over at Community of Catholic Bloggers. 
As is my custom each month, you can find prayers for this month's devotion on my left sidebar.


colleen said...

Karinann, I read your post on Catholic Bloggers earlier and now this one with the great quote from Blessed John XXIII. I am helped by the thought that the grace and mercy we find in the Church's sacraments cascade from the flow of blood and water from our Savior's pierced side.

Karinann said...

So true- the sacraments are an endless wellspring of grace born of the love Our Lord has for us. Thanks for taking the time to read both posts.
God bless.

noreen said...

Hi Karinann, I saw your post over at Community of Catholic Bloggers and your name on the Association of the Catholic Woman Bloggers and came over to say hello. We as Catholics, are blessed to have Jesus in the sacraments. Our world could be so much better if the Catholics of our nation and world, really understood the graces and blessings rained down upon them through the sacraments!

God Bless,
Noreen @

Karinann said...

Thanks Noreen and welcome to the Community of Catholic Bloggers. I agree~ the world would be a better place if it opened itself to the graces Jesus gives us in the sacraments.
God bless!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.