Precious Blood Gems (March)
March 25, 2022
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.


March 1

When you see the Lord sacrificed, and laid upon the altar, and the priest standing and praying over the victim, and all the worshippers empurpled with that precious blood, can you then think that you are still among humans, and standing upon the earth? Are you not, on the contrary, straightway translated to heaven? St. John Chrysostom

March 2

It was the fire of love with which Christ shed his blood in his Passion, and the desire he has to recreate us in his blood. What Christ accomplished in us is a recreation. The blood of Christ has recreated us, it is a second creation. And if before our lives, our bodies, our souls and our habits followed the way of sin and iniquity, after this recreation, we must make every effort to walk on the way of justice and sanctification.  Pope Francis

March 3

I looked up in wonder at God’s wonderful ways and thought how little we imagine what may be the result of listening and acting on a desire he puts into the heart. Nourish before him great desires... May our desire be to bring him hearts, for all are his by right, having been purchased by every drop of his blood. St. Katharine Drexel

March 4

On what principle did the Blood of His Only begotten Son delight the Father, Who would not receive even Isaac, when he was being offered by his Father, but changed the sacrifice, putting a ram in the place of the human victim? Is it not evident that the Father accepts him, but neither asked for him nor demanded Him; but on account of the Incarnation, and because Humanity must be sanctified by the Humanity of God, that he might deliver us himself, and overcome the tyrant, and draw us to himself by the mediation of his Son, who also arranged this to the honour of the Father, whom it is manifest that he obeys in all things? St. Gregory Nazianzen

March 5

Christ was free from all sin, and gives no price of redemption for his own soul: the price of his blood was more than sufficient to redeem all the sins of the world. Justly then he sets others free, owing nothing for himself.  St. Ambrose of Milan

March 6

The Letter to the Hebrews says that Christ’s “blood purifies the conscience.” It therefore, so to speak, opens to the Holy Spirit the door into the inmost being of men and women, namely into the sanctuary of human consciences. ... the Blood which “purifies the conscience from dead works.” Pope St. John Paul II

March 7

In their blood the holy martyrs, friends of the Bridegroom, washed their robes, made them white, came as invited guests to the marriage of the Lamb (Rv 22:14), took the cup from the Bridegroom, drank, and gave their pledge to him. They drank the blood of him for whom they poured out their blood. St. Quodvultdeus of Carthage

March 8

You should realize that your neighbors are very dear to Christ, that they are created in his image and that he gave his blood for them. St. John of Avila

March 9

It was Another who ransomed us both from Death and Sin with his own blood, who redeemed us, and yet showed no contempt of those whom he has redeemed, calling them though he does from deadness to life, and healing every infirmity of their souls and bodies. St. Gregory of Nyssa

March 10

When Egypt was smitten, the Jewish people could not escape except by the blood and the sign of the paschal lamb; so also, when the world shall begin to be desolated and smitten, whoever is found in the blood and the sign of Christ alone shall escape. St. Cyprian of Carthage

 March 11

The blood of Christ is His sacrifice applied to us, it enters the souls of the redeemed, it is the inextinguishable  source of all heroism! Pope St. John XXIII

March 12

I sense but an infinite, divine symphony of spirits, hearts throbbing around the Cross, and the Cross dripping for us, drop by drop, throughout the centuries, the divine blood shed for each human soul. St. Luigi Orione

March 13

It is through the atoning sacrifice of Christ’s blood that we receive forgiveness of our past offences in the merciful forbearance of God; so is his justice made manifest. Origen of Alexandria

March 14

I will hide myself in the wounds of Christ crucified, and bathe myself in his blood and so shall my iniquities be consumed, and with desire will I rejoice in my Creator. St. Catherine of Siena

March 15

We beseech Thee, O God of justice, to hold back the decree of our rejection, and to turn away Thine eyes from our vices and regard instead the adorable Blood shed upon the Cross, which purchased our salvation and daily intercedes for us upon our altars.  St. Clement Hofbauer

March 16

My heart melts when I think of the souls I see leaving this world, still red with the blood of Jesus Christ. Ah! what gentle looks they cast upon the Divinity! What thoughts and what love have they for those, who, near or far, have extended to them a hand to place them in the bosom of glory.  St. John de Brebeuf

March 17

Put forth to us the power of your love, leap over the mountains of our transgressions, and wash us in the true blood of reconciliation, like the snow of the mountain, like the lily of the lake.  From an ancient Celtic prayer

March 18

Christ once in Cana of Galilee, turned the water into wine, akin to blood, and is it incredible that He should have turned wine into blood? St. Cyril of Jerusalem

March 19

There were seven days during which our Blessed Lord was nameless. How did Joseph name him? If indeed, in the fulness of his joy, that peaceful saint needed to speak at all. Now with the Blood comes the sweet Name of Jesus, as if he had no right to it, until he shed his Blood.  Fr. Frederick William Faber

March 20

The blood of Christ is the pledge of the faithful love of God for humanity. Looking upon the wounds of the Crucified, every man, even in conditions of extreme moral misery, can say: God has not abandoned me, he loves me, he gave his life for me — and in this way rediscover hope. Pope Benedict XVI

March 21

One glance directed at the blood of Jesus Christ flowing from his wounds encourages the soul not to abandon its good resolve. St. Gaspar del Bufalo

March 22

Am I a stone and not a sheep,
That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy cross,
To number drop by drop Thy blood’s slow loss,
And yet not weep? Christina Rossetti

March 23

As to nobility of blood, true nobility is to be derived only from the Blood of the Son of God. Ven. Matthew Talbot

March 24

With Christian faith we know that at this moment the wheaten host is changed into the body of the Lord who offered himself for the world's redemption and in that chalice the wine is transformed into the blood that was the price of salvation. May this body immolated and this blood sacrificed for humans nourish us also, so that we may give our body and our blood to suffering and to pain—like Christ, not for self, but to impart notions of justice and peace to our people. St. Oscar Romero

March 25

I adore You, O Precious Blood of Jesus, flower of creation, fruit of virginity, ineffable instrument of the Holy Spirit, and I rejoice at the thought that You came from the drop of virginal blood on which eternal Love impressed its movement; You were assumed by the Word and deified in His person. I am overcome with emotion when I think of Your passing from the Blessed Virgin’s heart into the heart of the Word, and, being vivified by the breath of the Divinity, becoming adorable because You became the Blood of God. St Albert the Great

March 26

The religious soul finds in the heart of Jesus a secure refuge against the wiles and attacks of Satan, and a delightful retreat. But we must not rest merely at the entrance to the hole in the rock, we must penetrate its depths. At the mouth of the deep hollow, at the mouth of the wound in his side we shall, indeed, find the precious blood which has redeemed us. This blood pleads for us and demands mercy for us. But the religious soul must not stay at the entrance. When she has heard, and understood, the voice of the divine blood, she must hasten to the very source from which it springs, into the very innermost sanctuary of the heart of Jesus. There she will find light, peace, and ineffable consolations.  St. Anthony of Padua

March 27

Through the power of the cross, you can be present wherever there is pain, carried there by your compassionate charity, by that very charity which you draw from the divine heart. That charity enables you to spread everywhere the most precious blood in order to ease pain, save and redeem. St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross

March 28

Oh, how great your dignity, O human soul, that you have such a Spouse whose beauty the sun and moon admire. Arise and know how great you are in the eyes of God. Christ, your Spouse, did not spare His blood for you; He bountifully made you rich; He shared with you His Kingdom and raised you to His throne. See how much you should love Him; what ardent thanks you should offer Him; and how faithful you should be to Him in everything.” St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar

March 29

For the beauty of the Church of God, Jesus gave His blood; and the Spirit continues to immolate His victims after filling them with the marvelous gifts of His grace. Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus

March 30

If we were to die ten thousand times for Christ, we would still not have repaid what we owe, for in value rather than physical substance there is no comparison between the blood of God and that of His servants. St. John Climacus

March 31

We think that Paradise and Calvary,

         Christ's cross, and Adam's tree, stood in one place;

Look, Lord, and find both Adams met in me;

         As the first Adam's sweat surrounds my face,

         May the last Adam's blood my soul embrace.  John Donne