Precious Blood Gems (November)
November 24, 2023
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.
November 1.  God’s beloved children and faithful servants will pass through the narrow gate drunk, as it were, with the blood of the spotless Lamb, dressed in charity for their neighbors and bathed in the blood of Christ crucified, and they will find themselves in me, the sea of peace, lifted above imperfection and emptiness into perfection and filled with every good. St. Catherine of Siena
November 2 
At the round earth's imagined corners blow
Your trumpets, angels, and arise, arise
From death, you numberless infinities
Of souls, and to your scattered bodies go ;
All whom the flood did, and fire shall o'erthrow,
All whom war, dea[r]th, age, agues, tyrannies,
Despair, law, chance hath slain, and you, whose eyes
Shall behold God, and never taste death's woe.
But let them sleep, Lord, and me mourn a space ;
For, if above all these my sins abound,
'Tis late to ask abundance of Thy grace,
When we are there. Here on this lowly ground,
Teach me how to repent, for that's as good
As if Thou hadst seal'd my pardon with Thy blood.  John Donne
November 3  When I depart this life, may holiness not abandon me.  When I am wrapped in shrouds may your honor  not leave me.  May my soul not reject your unwavering salvation.  May your suffering for our salvation not be in vain,  God, who became man for my sake.  May the sweat mixed with blood on the night of your  betrayal not be without purpose. May the gifts of your light not be eclipsed, gifts  that you have given freely and without compensation to  a wretch like me. St. Gregory of Narek
November 4.  What is really important is that Christ, at the end of ages, once for all, by his own blood, has passed both through the heavens to the Father (Heb 9:12) and into those sharing the meal, as the sacrificial victim poured out as a libation.  Hans. Urs von Balthasar
November 5.  You have been called to gather all peoples around the Throne and Vision of His Cross, so that they may be able to recognize His rule, to accept His teachings, and to taste the ripe fruits of that love which He sealed with His divine blood. St. Guido Maria Conforti
November 6.  Jesus, You desired to dwell in my heart. Your living Blood unites with mine. Who can understand this close union? My heart encloses within itself the Almighty, the Infinite One. O Jesus, continue to grant me Your divine life. Let Your pure and noble Blood throb with all its might in my heart. I give You my whole being.  St. Faustina Mary Kowalska
November 7.   Here, in this world, the Bride of the Lamb will receive at the foot of the Cross all the nations redeemed again with the blood of Jesus and of the last martyrs.Bl. Francis of Jesus, Mary, Joseph Palau y Quer
November 8.   One Sunday, closing my book at the end of Mass, a picture of Our Lord on the Cross half slipped out, showing only one of His Divine Hands, pierced and bleeding. I felt an indescribable thrill such as I had never felt before. My heart was torn with grief to see that Precious Blood falling to the ground, and no one caring to treasure It as It fell, and I resolved to remain continually in spirit at the foot of the Cross, that I might receive the Divine Dew of Salvation and pour it forth upon souls.  St. Elizabeth of the Trinity
November 9.   The church is the temple of God, a holy place, a house of prayer, the assembly of the people, the body of Christ. It is called the bride of Christ. It is cleansed by the water of His baptism, sprinkled by His blood, clothed in bridal garments, and sealed with the ointment of the Holy Spirit.  St. Germanus of Constantinople
November 10   The sacred work of our salvation was of such value in the sight of the Creator of the universe that he counted it worth the shedding of his own blood. Pope St. Leo the Great
November 11
See, see where Christ's blood streames in the firmament: 
It flows from the Brow we nailed upon the tree 
Deep to the dying, to the thirsting heart 
That holds the fires of the world,---dark-smirched with pain 
As Caesar's laurel crown. 
Then sounds the voice of One who like the heart of man 
Was once a child who among beasts has lain--- 
"Still do I love, still shed my innocent light, my Blood, for thee." Edith Louisa Sitwell


November 12.  To have a complete idea of the Church, we must regard her as the holy and invisible society of the souls that share by grace in Christ’s Divine Sonship, and form the Kingdom He won by His Blood.  Bl. Columba Marmion


November 13.   Keep in mind souls that were redeemed by Jesus’ blood, so do all in your power to lead them to his Divine Heart. Labor with zeal; the power of your love will endow your actions with strength and courage.  In all your actions, words, and sufferings, always seek God’s greater glory. Gather together all the forces of your spirit. Work, pray, offer your pains, sweat, sighs and be vigilant in the constant discipline of yourself!  Always hold high the banner:  “I can do all things in God who strengthens me.  St. Frances Xavier Cabrini


November 14.  Let us summon our spirit to union with God, in whom we shall find the person of his most holy Son given to us with infinite love, clothed with human flesh and covered with wounds and Blood, inviting us to contemplate him with fixed attention so that our hearts might respond to the delicacy of his most tender love. Jesus loves us without any merit on our part. Let us love him very much because he is worthy of being loved. Let us love him also for the great gift of the redemption and for the Blood he willed to shed for us. Let our only thought be to bring all, as far as is possible, to the knowledge of Jesus, our Crucified Love, who is covered with blood and wounds for our salvation. Do not become disheartened. St. Maria de Mattias


November 15.  I adore You, O Precious Blood, enclosed in the veins of Jesus, preserved in His humanity like the manna in the golden urn, the memorial of the eternal Redemption which He accomplished during the days of His earthly life.  St. Albert the Great


November 16.   My Jesus, Grant me a way of life corresponding worthily to the price of your blood.  St. Gertrude the Great 


November 17.   “It becomes me to finish the old covenant, and then to dictate the new, and to write it on the hearts of men, and to subscribe it with my blood, and to seal it with my Spirit. It becomes me to ascend the cross, and to be pierced with its nails, and to suffer after the manner of that nature which is capable of suffering, and to heal sufferings by my suffering, and by the tree to cure the wound that was inflicted upon men by the medium of a tree.”  St. Gregory Thaumaturgus


November 18.  All night long I was in the New World, and I traveled in good company. First of all I reverently gathered up all the Precious Blood from the Garden, the Praetorium, and Calvary. Then I took possession of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Holding him close to my heart, I went forth to scatter my treasure everywhere, without fear that it would be exhausted.  St. Rose Philippine Duchense

November 19   Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, that you suffered despite your guiltlessness gives me consolation, for in all that I suffer I am guilty; and your salvific death keeps my memory of you alive, and your immaculate blood has coursed through my soul.  St. Mechtilde of Helfta
November 20.  He, yes, Christ Himself draws you, who loves you as His own flesh, as the most precious fruit of His cross, as the most worthy recompense of the blood he shed. St. Bernard of Clairvaux
November 21.   Don’t stop repeating this brief prayer in your mind and heart: “Blood and wounds of my Jesus, be my strength, my support, my weapons in spiritual, moral, physical, and temporal combat. Be my victory, my merit, my virtue.” Also say: “O my Mother, you take care of transforming me totally as the Heart of Jesus desires!”  Bl. Clelia Merloni
November 22
O victors in your triumph!
Your blood poured out, you hail
the building of the Church
for you have entered in the Lamb’s own blood,
and now enjoy the feast with the slaughtered calf.


How great is your reward!
Your living bodies you’ve despised
in imitation of God’s Lamb
his pain you take as glory,
for through it he has brought you
to your inheritance restored!  St. Hildegard of Bingen
November 23.  On account of the Love he bore us, Jesus Christ our Lord gave His blood for us by the will of God; His flesh for our flesh, and His soul for our souls. Pope St. Clement I 
November 24.  Holy Church transports us to the end. The heavenly liturgy is in progress. Upon the altar is the Lamb, slain yet alive, crimsoned by His own Blood. Round about stand the countless army of the redeemed in garments washed white in the Blood of the Lamb. Hosts of the blessed are singing the new canticle of redemption: “You have redeemed us out of every tribe and tongue and nation by your Blood.”  Pius Parsch
November 25.   What sacrifice could we bring to reconcile ourselves with Thee? We have nothing to give to Thee. Thus we ask Thee to reconcile us by Thy blood, O All-merciful One. St. Ephrem the Syrian
November 26 (Christ the King).   God has set on Christ’s head the crowns of all those kings who form your kingdom, for yours is a kingdom of kings, resplendent in their regalia, each consecrated to you by the blood of Christ. Rupert of Deutz


November 27   Let us fervently and insistently pray to our most loving Jesus that he will apply to us the fruit of his divine Blood. Thus we will be made sharers of his very spirit: a spirit of perfection for us, a spirit of zeal for the honor of God, a spirit of charity for the  salvation of souls, a spirit, to say it all, which renders us unassailable ministers in the sight of God…. This is how much we should try to gather from the precious Blood of the adorable Heart of the Redeemer.  Ven. Giovanni Merlini
November 28.   Here is a mystery indeed! Is not Jesus all-powerful? Do not creatures belong to Him who made them? Why does He deign to say: “Pray ye the Lord of the harvest that He send forth labourers”? It is because His Love for us is so unsearchable, so tender, that He wishes us to share in all He does. The Creator of the Universe awaits the prayer of a poor little soul to save a multitude of other souls, ransomed, like her, at the price of His Blood.  St. Therese of Lisieux
November 29    Those whom Christ bought with His blood, He washed in baptism (because He washes and redeems them, water and blood pour from His side), so may they wish to continue free from the world’s bonds!  St. Odo of Cluny
November 30     What comfort we will have one day when in the great valley of Jehosophat, the elect with palms in hand, will sing the praises of the divine blood through which we possess the nuptial garment and the robe of exultation and happiness.  They washed their robes... in the blood of the Lamb. We shall realize then how baptism, confirmation, penance, the eucharist, and prayer had been nothing but the perennial springs which applied this divine blood.  And what blessings there will be especially at the appearance of the cross.  St. Gaspar del Bufalo