In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis challenges all of us to become missionary disciples.
What is a missionary disciple?
Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we encounter Jesus in the Scripture, in the Sacraments, and in every person we meet. We open our hearts and minds to Jesus and the Gospel message. Our encounter with Jesus transforms us and helps us to live and act in a way that witnesses to and invites people to share in the Love, Joy, and Peace of Christ. This is the work of the Church, but it begins with each individual and his or her relationship with Jesus.
Month of July Dedicated to Most Precious Blood of Jesus
The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. The feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The Church has taught from the beginning that it was born from the pierced side of Christ and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood.
The Precious Blood which we worship is the Blood which the Savior shed for us on Calvary and reassumed at His glorious Resurrection; it is the Blood which courses through the veins of His risen, glorified, living body at the right hand of God the Father in heaven; it is the Blood made present on our altars by the words of Consecration; it is the Blood which merited sanctifying grace for us and through it washes and beautifies our soul and inaugurates the beginning of eternal life in it.
Lord Jesus, You became Man in order by your Passion and Death and the draining of your Blood on the Cross, might prove to us how much You, our God, love us. Protect us, dear Jesus, from ever running away from the sight of blood. Strengthen our weak human wills so that we will not only not run away from the cross, but welcome every opportunity to shed our blood in spirit in union with your Precious Blood, so that, dying to ourselves in time we might live with You in Eternity. Amen. ~Fr. John Hardon, SJ
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