Thursday, July 06, 2006

Something devotional for a change

Zenit News sends us Pope Benedict's reminder that this month of July is the month of veneration of the Precious Blood of Christ. Fittingly, this morning I received from Ida a forwarded message concerning that very Thing: the Blood of our Savior. I include the message below:

Mary Vitamin #234

Topic: Fourth Sorrowful Mystery - Carrying of the Cross

Father Faber
"It was a dreadful thing for a mother to walk the streets over her own son's blood."
The Foot of the Cross, 220.
Tan Books

"No one cared for it. No heart was touched. None suspected the heavenly mystery, at which angels were gazing in silent stupor. Mary too must tread upon it. It was sorrow almost literally trampling its own heart under foot. She must tread on that which she was worshipping. That which colored the street-mud, which blotched the paving-stones, which clung, half wet and half dry, to the garments of the multitude, was hypostatically united to the Godhead. It merited the plenitude of divine worship. Mary was adoring it at every step."
Father Faber, The Foot of the Cross, 220.
Tan Books

Today, when about my ordinary activities, I will try to remember the steps taken by Our Lady following Our Lord and Her Worship of the Precious Blood. When I walk up the stairs today, in particular I will remember the Precious Blood and I will make a Spiritual Communion.

Marian Vow:
"Let the tertiaries, if possible, participate everyday in the holy sacrifice of the altar, standing at the foot of the cross of Calvary, in union with the Immaculate Coredemptrix, to offer themselves as victims united with the Divine Victim, Jesus Crucified, receiving in their own hearts Holy Communion (or at least spiritual Communion, if it is not possible to receive the Sacrament).
Nourished with the Eucharistic Jesus, united to the Immaculate Mediatrix, let the tertiaries each day live faithfully the daily obligations of their state."
Marian Seraphic Pathways, Constitutions #25

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Thanks be to God for graces received.

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Tomorrow is First Friday. Let us make a special effort, if at all possible, to go to Mass, make a holy hour, or perform some other act of devotion and meditate upon Christ's Blood, beyond all price, by which we are ransomed.

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