July is the month of the Precious Blood and also it is the month we celebrate the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel .( I will try to post many talks by deceased Carmelite priests who have written beautifully on the Scapular. Please look for these to increase our love and knowledge of the Brown Scapular.) This article is on the wonder of the Precious Blood!
We all have seen the “Passion of Christ” movie. In this movie, there is a moving scene when Our Lady is using the white linens that Pontius Pilate’s wife Claudia had given to Our Lady to wipe up the Precious Blood. This is very real and is found in the writings of Mother Mary of Agreda and Anne Catherine Emerich. In fact, in the City of God by Mother Mary of Agreda, we find that ALL of the Precious Blood was collected by the angels along the Way of the Cross. His Precious Blood could not be left to be trampled upon! This is the reason that the Church has a rule to wipe up the Precious Blood with a purificator when it is accidentally spilled. This is also the reason, only the priest should distribute the Precious Blood in a chalice during Holy Communion. Only the consecrated hands of a priest can touch this Precious Blood. We lose this reverence when anyone can distribute.
After Jesus was taken down from the Cross, Mary washed all the wounds of Jesus with water and linens that were given to Her by those who followed Her to the Cross. Our Lady tenderly washed all of the wounds of Jesus before He was placed in the tomb. This makes a moving meditation for the month of July. Vision Our Lady moving from each wound and washing the blood from his eyes, ears, mouth, hair and gaping wounds of His Sacred Body! How sad!
Since the moment of His Conception, His Precious Blood was being formed from the body of our good Queen and Mother. And yet many argue and claim that She is just like you and I??? Seriously?? They have no idea of the duties God had given to this Immaculate Mother both physically and spiritually. His Precious Blood sprang from the wellsprings of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! She raised that Precious Blood in its living chalice in the Infant Heart of Jesus to the Most High God. What a beautiful site – How the Eternal Father must favor and love our good Queen and Mother! She knew as She embraced Him as an Infant to His Adulthood that She was embracing the greatest treasure in this world and that His most Precious Blood would be spilled out for all of mankind. And how many of us appreciate it? How many take this for granted? How many spurn His love and His sacrifice? Do we realize that this pains our Good Queen and Mother as well? Does She not share in His Sorrows? The Blood of the Heart of Jesus was the love of the heart of Mary. The blood that flowed after the lance was thrust into the Heart of Jesus before He was taken from the Cross was the final expression of His immense love and it was the greatest pain of Our Lady to see the Heart of Our Savior – Her Son – Her Flesh and Blood – pierced when it should have been loved. How painful a site for Her then but how She continually experiences this being done to Jesus repeatedly by ungrateful and unloving souls who continue to mock and hate Her Son - until the end of this fallen world!
“Oh Precious Blood of my God, my Jesus, Savior of mankind, we bow in lowliest adoration and worship You! We make solemn reparation for the outrages that have been and now are offered to You on this earth. Blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, delight of the Father, we beg Your Mercy still more. We are sorry for partaking in the insults offered to Your Precious Blood during Your painful Passion that still endures. We beg Your forgiveness. Mary’s children, in union with their Mother, offer reparation to You, while they honor the Heart of Your Mother as You so desire.
Father, through the Precious Blood of Jesus, we invoke Your Holy Spirit in union with our prayers of reparation due to the Blood which saved Your saints now reigning with You in Heaven, and which, we hope may save Your children still on earth. Through the Most Precious Blood of Jesus save those on earth and release those in Purgatory so that we may praise and adore You now and forever and ever. Amen.”
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Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!