Reasons for Devotion to the Precious Blood

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  1. Ven. Fulton Sheen recommends it as a special defense and offense against devils. “Let me tell you what the most powerful influences are against the demoniac. ….His Precious Blood. We do not have an adequate devotion to the Blood of Christ. But these are the two great arms, the Holy Name of Jesus and invoking the Blood of Christ.”
  2.  It carries all the benefits of devotion to the Passion, since they are essentially the same thing. Meditation on the Passion Virtues Gained Through Meditation on the Passion
  3. It creates a spirit of reparation and penance in the soul, so necessary for the Christian life and the state of today’s world.
  4. It is the secret of our final battle against satan in the last days. “They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb….”
  5. It is the means by which Mary shields our world from the just consequences of our sins.   “I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls.….Without attaching too much attention to the form, be faithful and fervent in prayer to console the Master.”  —- Our Lady of Akita
  6. We unite ourselves to the most powerful prayer of all: the Mass, by offering in spirit what the Mass offers in Sacrament, which is the Blood of the Lamb of God.
  7. It is a humbling devotion because in it we focus on what God has done for us, rather than what we have done for Him, and acknowledge that it is His sacrifice alone that gives ours value.    “We love because he first loved us.”         —   1 John 4:19    “The Church has always taught that all our penance without Christ’s passion is not worth a pea.” —St. Thomas More

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Understanding Catholicism

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Catholics and Protestants–what we have in common:

We believe in the Trinity.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s2c1p2.htm

We believe in a personal relationship with Jesus.

http://www.catholicbasictraining.com/apologetics/coursetexts/2k.htm

We don’t worship Mary or the Saints.

http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/customs/rosary/mary_worship.asp

We believe grace can’t be earned.

A Clarification of Good Works

We believe Jesus rose from the dead.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p122a5p2.htm

We believe marriage and having children are good things.

http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/controversy/common-misconceptions/why-not-married-priests-the-case-for-clerical-celibacy.html

We believe in praying from the heart.

http://www.fromtheabbey.com/keys-chapel-christian-prayer/christian-spirituality-rote-prayer-vs-spontaneous-prayer/

We believe Jesus died to save us.

http://www.uscatholic.org/church/2012/03/us-and-our-salvation

We are Christians.

http://catholicbridge.com/catholic/are_catholics_christian.php

We love the Bible.

http://catholicbridge.com/catholic/bible_catholics.php

We participate in community worship and Bible reading on Sundays.

https://stpaulcenter.com/studies/lesson/lesson-one-a-biblical-introduction-to-the-mass

We believe in the sanctity of human life, traditional marriage, the humanity of the unborn, and only voting for those who will respect these truths.

http://www.stjoseph-marysville.org/faqnonnegotiables.html

We believe in serving the poor and all the “least of these”.

http://www.loyolapress.com/corporal-and-spiritual-works-of-mercy.htm

We believe in the Two Great Commandments and the Ten Commandments.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2.htm

We believe God is the Creator of all things.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s2c1p4.htm

We have a passion for evangelization.

http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/evangelization/

We believe faith in Christ is necessary for salvation.

http://www.shsu-catholic.org/are-catholics-saved.html

We celebrate Christmas and Easter.

http://www.aquinasandmore.com/catholic-articles/the-catholic-liturgical-year/article/208/sort/relevance/productsperpage/12/layout/grid/currentpage/1/keywords/calendar

We believe in living a virtuous life.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c1a7.htm

We believe in Heaven and Hell.

What are the Four Last Things?

We believe in angels and devils.

Catholic Teaching on Angels

We believe in the Virgin birth.

http://www.catholic.com/encyclopedia/virgin-birth-of-christ

We believe in miracles.

http://catholicism.org/category/miracles-and-apparitions

These are simply a few of our many common grounds.

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The Christian Year

January: Month of the Holy Name of Jesus

holy name of jesus

http://www.prayerfulrosary.com/Jesusprayer.html

February: Month of the Holy Passion

cross

http://www.poorclarestmd.org/clareshare/way/office/passion.html

March: Month of St. Joseph

joseph

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/Memorare_Joseph.htm

April: Month of the Holy Eucharist

holy eucharist

http://www.2heartsnetwork.org/adoration.htm

May: Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

mary

http://www.montfortpublications.com/product_p/b-18.htm

June: Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

sacred heart of jesus

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/heart/sh_novena.htm

July: Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus

precious blood

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/Litanies/blood.htm

August: Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

immaculate heart of mary

http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=929

September: Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

olo sorrows

http://www.rosaryandchaplets.com/chaplets/seven_sorrows_prayer.html

October: Month of the Holy Rosary

most holy rosary

http://onerosaryaday.org/how-to-pray-the-rosary.html

November: Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

holy souls

http://www.prayerbook.com/Chaplets/ggchaple.htm

December: Month of the Divine Infancy of Jesus

divine infancy

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/Novena_to_Divine_Child_Jesus.htm