Precious Blood Gems (April)
April 16, 2022
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.

April 1

The One, who was led away as a lamb, and who was sacrificed as a sheep, by himself delivered us from servitude to the world as from the land of Egypt, and released us from bondage to the devil as from the hand of Pharaoh, and sealed our souls by his own Spirit and the members of our bodies by his own blood. St. Melito of Sardis

April 2

The sacred blood of Christ has quenched the flaming sword that barred access to the tree of life. Pope St. Leo the Great

April 3

The adoration of the inestimable  price of our redemption is the most tender subject that we can propose for our consideration. Through it we receive the treasures of wisdom and sanctification.... Through it we take possession of the holy glory of heaven, in virtue of the Divine Blood! St. Gaspar del Bufalo

April 4

The Holy Spirit enters the soul, sealed with that precious seal of the blood of the Word, the Lamb that was slain. Indeed it is this blood that urges him to come, although the Spirit is moved of himself and desires to come. St. Mary Magdalene of the Incrnate Word de’Pazzi

April 5

I blush and tremble when I consider the terrible judgment impending on ecclesiastical superiors who live at their ease in rich palaces, whilst so many souls redeemed by the blood of Christ are perishing. St. Vincent Ferrer

April 6

For the triumph of His mercy and to show His infinite love for us, our divine Redeemer, Jesus Christ shed all His precious Blood with great suffering and humiliation, as price of salvation and of glory. He gave it all, He gave it for all and He does not stop giving it.  St. Maria de Mattias

April 7

Some will represent to Jesus Christ on the day of judgment the robe of innocence that you helped  them keep in all its purity. Others who have committed sin and who with your help have washed away their sins in the blood of the Lambwill represent to him the trouble you took to lead them back on the path of salvation. St. John Baptist de la Salle

April 8

Was it not when I saw the Precious Blood flowing from the Wounds of Jesus that the thirst for souls first took possession of me? I wished to give them to drink of the Blood of the Immaculate Lamb that It might wash away their stains.  Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

April 9

O precious resolutions! You are as the lovely tree of life planted by God’s own hand in the midst of my heart, a tree which my Saviour has watered with his blood. Rather would I die a thousand deaths than suffer any blast of wind to root you up—neither vanity, nor pleasure, nor wealth, nor sorrows shall ever overthrow my intentions. St. Francis de Sales

April 10

When my soul is sad and weary through desolation and abandonment, where shall I find refreshment, and peace, if not in your most precious blood, which rejoices the soul by the visits of its grace. Blessed Concepción Cabrera de Armida

April 11

I beg of you to cast one glance upon Your sufferings and see how great is the worth of that Precious Blood that flows from your veins. My God, at this hour close Your eyes to my want of merit and open them to Your infinite merits. St. Gemma Galgani

April 12

How is it that we do not die of love in seeing that God Himself could do no more than shed His divine blood for us drop by drop? When as man He was preparing for death, He made Himself our food in order to give us life. God becomes food, bread for his creatures. Is this not enough to make us die of love? St. Teresa of the Andes

April 13

We praise him because Christ shed his very blood so that we might not remain in error; and not only did he shed his blood, but he gave all of us a share of it.  St. John Chrysostom

April 14

Receive and eat the body of Christ, yes, you that have become members of Christ in the body of Christ; receive and drink the blood of Christ. In order not to be scattered and separated, eat what binds you together; in order not to seem cheap in your own estimation, drink the price that was paid for you. Just as this turns into you when you eat and drink it, so you for your part turn into the body of Christ when you live devout and obedient lives. St. Augustine of Hippo

April 15

The whole world is the chalice of Christ’s blood and water. The whole world partook of them in communion at the hour of Christ’s death. And the whole world hides the blood and water within itself....This blood and water made the world a place of the presence of Christ’s power, prepared the world for its future transfiguration, for the meeting with Christ in glory. Fr. Sergei Bulgakov

April 16

Christ poured out His beautiful blood and knew in His body the darkness of death. And thus conquering the Devil, he delivered from Hell his elect, who were held prostrate there, and by His redeeming touch brought them back to the inheritance they had last in Adam. St. Hildegard of Bingen

April 17

It is from the blood of Christ that all draw the strength to commit themselves to promoting life. It is precisely this blood that is the most powerful source of hope, indeed it is the foundation of the absolute certitude that in God’s plan life will be victorious.  Pope St. John Paul II

April 18

The newly-baptized, whom we call ‘little children’, having made their declaration of faith in the name of Christ, have had all their sins washed away by his blood. St. Augustine of Hippo

April 19

The white robe [worn by the neophytes] is a symbol of our purification by the blood of Christ; all the stains of sin have disappeared.  Arethas of Caesarea

April 20

There is nothing feeble about the nourishment the Church our mother offers her children. It is the heroic blood of her crucified Bridegroom, the conqueror of death and hell, which makes us invincible too, childlike and strong at one and the same time. Aemiliana Löhr

April 21

O Christian soul, soul raised up from grievous death, soul redeemed and freed by the blood of God from wretched bondage: arouse your mind, remember your resurrection, contemplate your redemption and liberation.  St. Anselm of Canterbury

April 22

Why did you not spare yourself altogether, when it would have been enough indeed, so excellent and of such exceeding worth was your Passion, to have shed one little drop of your precious Blood? Why did you cast cast yourself so utterly away, and expose yourself, and suffer yourself in so humble a way to be well nigh brought down to nothing? O loving Jesus, You have wished this to show forth your out-flowing and utterly measureless love for us, with which, from the beginning, you have loved us. Johannes Tauler

April 23

The precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, as truly as it is most precious, so truly is it most plentiful. Behold and see the power of this precious plenty of his precious blood.... The precious plenty of his precious blood overflows all the earth, and it is ready to wash from their sins all creatures who are, have been and will be of good will. Bl. Julian of Norwich

April 24

O Jesus, On whom Your gaze rests, In whom dwells Your immortal life...In Your inconceivable love, You allowed Your most holy side to be opened, And streams of Blood and Water gushed forth from Your Heart.  Here is the living fountain of Your mercy, Here souls receive consolation and refreshment. St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

April 25

The Precious Blood which we worship is the Blood which the Saviour 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.” Fr. Pius Parsch

April 26

See how we were bought: Christ hangs upon the cross, see at what a price He makes His purchase. . . . He sheds His blood, He buys with His Blood, He buys with the Blood of the Spotless Lamb, He buys with the Blood of God’s only Son. He who buys is Christ; the price is His Blood; the possession bought is the world. Pope Pius XII

April 27

To be always generous with God, to go on and on giving him of our best in spite of weariness and disillusionment, to despise soft options, and interpret our duty in terms of love, not in terms of mere justice, to be ready if we might to give him more than he asks of us, ready if that were possible to give him more than he deserves of us - that is the meaning of our devotion to the Precious Blood; may his grace make us worthy of it. Mons. Ronald Knox

April 28

Faithful soul, living image of God, redeemed by the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, it is the will of God that you be holy like Him in this life and glorious like Him in the next. Your sure vocation is the acquisition of the holiness of God, and unless all your thoughts and words and actions, all the sufferings and events of your life tend to that end, you are resisting God by not doing that for which He has created you and is now preserving you.Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

April 29

Hide yourself under the wings of God’s mercy, for he is more ready to pardon than you are to sin. Immerse yourself in the blood of Christ, where your soul will grow fat on hope. St. Catherine of Siena

April 30

I tour the world in spirit, seeking all the souls redeemed by the most precious blood of my Divine Spouse. St. Marie of the Incarnation Guyart