Thought for the Day – 20 August – The Memorial of St Maria de Mattias A.S.C. (1805-1866)

Thought for the Day – 20 August – The Memorial of St Maria de Mattias A.S.C. (1805-1866)

“The spirit of this holy work is all love. “

St Maria de Mattias wrote:

“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…

This lowly Congregation which lives and labours under the glorious title of the most precious Blood of Jesus Christ, must itself take on the shape and pattern of a living image of that divine love with which it was shed and of which it was and is, a symbol, expression, measure and pledge.

The spirit of this holy work is all love.   We have carved this word in our minds and on our hearts.   I repeat: Love! Love toward God and our dear neighbour…

What a beautiful consolation it is to see spouses of the divine Lamb, the Adorers of His most precious Blood, motivated by one sole will, the will of God, forming but one heart and one soul and thus united, making the heavens resound, with a hymn of thanksgiving, to the infinite goodness of God, while at the same time, they offer the Blood of His Son for the reconciliation of heaven with earth, of earth with heaven…”

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Saint of the Day – 20 August – St Maria de Mattias A.S.C. (1805-1866)

Saint of the Day – 20 August – St Maria de Mattias A.S.C. (1805-1866) – Founder of the religious congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Mystic, Teacher, Preacher, Catechist – born on 4 February 1805 at Vallecorsa, Frosinone, Papal States (modern Italy) and died on 20 August 1866 in Rome, Italy of natural causes.header st maria de mattias

Maria De Mattias was born on 4 February 1805 at Vallecorsa, the southernmost town of the Papal States, in the geographical province of Frosinone.   Her family was not without wealth and learning—even if women were forbidden to study—nor did it lack a deep Christian faith.

Through dialogue with her father, Maria learned and internalised not only the truths of the faith but also and especially, episodes and persons of the Sacred Scriptures.   Her father read the Scriptures to her when she was still very young and she developed a great love for Jesus, the Lamb sacrificed for the salvation of humanity.   All of this happened while Vallecorsa and surrounding areas were experiencing the tragic period of banditry, 1810-1825.   In Maria’s soul, in fact, there was a comparison being made between the human blood poured out in hatred and revenge and the blood of Christ poured out for love, a Blood which saves.

Without formal education and without outside contacts, because of her social class, Maria spent her childhood and early adolescence withdrawn and focused on her beauty. But when she reached the age of sixteen or seventeen, she began to search for the meaning of her life, she felt a need for a boundless love.   Again, it was through dialogue with her father, to whom she revealed her interior darkness and through her having asked Our Lady to “give her light”, that God let her experience the beauty of His love in a “mystical” way.   It was manifested in its fullness in the Crucified Christ, in Christ who gives all His Blood.

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This experience was the source, the force, and the motivation that brought her to the roads of Italy “to make known to everyone the tender love of the Heavenly Father”, as she said, or “the Crucified Love Jesus”.   She was convinced that the reformation of society begins in the heart of the person and that a person becomes transformed when she/he comes to understand how precious each one is in God’s eyes, how much each person is loved…Jesus gave all this Blood to save the human race.maria

This had been Maria’s experience, therefore, she tried to lead all people, young and adult, to discover what had been revealed to her and changed her.   She had also experienced that this transformation is possible for everyone when, in 1822, when she was seventeen, Gaspar Del Bufalo (1786-1837-Founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood) (now “Saint”) went to preach a mission at Vallecorsa.   She saw how the townspeople changed.   It was that occasion that generated the dream in her heart to do what Fr Gaspar was doing.

Under the guidance of one of St Gaspar’s companions, (now Venerable) Fr Giovanni Merlini, she founded the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Acuto (Frosinone) on 4 March 1834, at the age of twenty-nine.   She had been called by the Administrator of Anagni, Bishop Giuseppe Maria Lais, to teach the young girls—she had learned to read and write on her own.   Maria, however, who nurtured a dream to reform society and the world, did not limit her activity to the school.   She also gathered mothers and young boys to catechise them, to encourage them to love Jesus and to teach them to live Christian lives, according to their state.   The men, to whom she could not speak according to the customs of the time, went spontaneously to listen to her, even in hiding.   The shepherds, abandoned to their own resources, asked to be instructed by her, even after sundown.   People flocked to the religious functions to listen to the maria de mattias 2

Thus, Maria, from the timid and introverted girl that she was, had become a preacher who attracted little girls, adults, the simple and the learned, lay persons and priests.   It was because, when she spoke about Jesus and the mysteries of the faith, it was as though she had seen these realities, personally.   Her consuming desire was that “not even one drop of the Divine Blood would be lost”, that it would reach all sinners to purify them and so that, washed in that river of mercy, they would rediscover the right way to peace and union among people.   This zeal was caught by many young women and, through them, Maria De Mattias was able to open about seventy communities during her lifetime, three of which were in Germany and England.   Almost all were in small isolated towns of Central Italy, except for Rome, to which she was called by Pius IX for the San Luigi Hospice and for the school of Civitavecchia.

Maria De Mattias life was one lived with the one desire of “giving pleasure to Jesus” who had stolen her heart in her youth and in a joyful commitment to save “the dear neighbour” from ignorance regarding the mystery of God’s love for humanity.   All of this led her not to spare her energies, she did not give up when faced with disappointments or difficulties, she always worked in deep communion with the local and universal Church and for love of Her.

Maria De Mattias died at Rome on 20 August 1866 and was buried in Rome’s Verano Cemetery, according to the desire of Pope Pius IX, who chose a tomb for her and commissioned a bas-relief on it depicting the vision of Ezechiel:  “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord”.

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Her reputation for holiness remained alive after her death.   The process for her beatification began thirty years later, culminating in that blessed event 1 October 1950, when Pius XII pronounced her “Blessed.”   She was Canonised on 18 May 2003 by St Pope John Paul II at the Vatican Basilica.MDM-Guatemala


Our Morning Offering – 28 July – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 28 July – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B (and still in the Month of Precious Blood)

Wash Me With Your Precious Blood
By St Peter Canisius (1521-1597) Doctor of the Church

See, O merciful God,
what return
I, Your thankless servant,
have made for the innumerable favours
and the wonderful love
You have shown me!
What wrongs I have done,
what good left undone!
Wash away, I beg You,
these faults and stains
with Your precious blood,
most kind Redeemer,
and make up for my poverty
by applying Your merits.
Give me the protection I need,
to amend my life.
I give and surrender myself wholly to You,
and offer You all I possess,
with the prayer,
that You bestow Your grace on me,
so that I may be able to devote and employ
all the thinking power of my mind
and the strength of my body,
in Your holy service,
who are God blessed
forever and ever.
Amensee o merciful lord - wash me with your precious blood - st peter canisius - 28 july 2018


Quote of the Day – 1 July – Month of the Most Precious Blood

Quote of the Day – 1 July – Month of the Most Precious Blood

“Whenever anything disagreeable
or displeasing happens to you,
remember Christ crucified
and be silent!”

St John of the Cross (1542-1591) – Doctor of the Churchwhenever anything displeasing - st john of the cross - 1 july 2018


Our Morning Offering – 1 July – Month of the Most Precious Blood

Our Morning Offering – 1 July – Month of the Most Precious Blood

Constant Prayer
to the Precious Blood of Jesus
By St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

Precious Blood,
ocean of divine mercy,
Flow upon us!
Precious Blood,
most pure offering,
Procure us every grace!
Precious Blood,
hope and refuge of sinners,
Atone for us!
Precious Blood,
delight of holy souls,
Draw us!

constant prayer to the precious blood - st catherine of siena - 1 july 2018


July is the month of the Most Precious Blood

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July is the month dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus.   Among devotions to the humanity of Christ (e.g., The Holy Name, The Holy Face, Sacred Heart), the Precious Blood of Jesus has the most biblical precedent since it is mentioned so frequently in the New Testament (over 75 times). HEADER for the precious blood - Crucifixion-7 inches w
Saint Peter, our first Pope, specifically refers to the blood of Christ as “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled” (1 Peter 1:19).
In fact, it might even be said that the entire Old Testament is a lesson in “blood sacrifice” as an anticipation of Christ’s obedient and merciful sacrifice on the wood of the life-giving cross.
St Paul could rightfully be called the “Theologian of the Precious Blood.”
The Apostle even tell us to place our “faith in His blood”:
“… whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his blood, to prove his righteousness because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed,” (Romans 3:25).
This reveals that the Precious Blood of Jesus is not an abstraction, but a true devotion to the Divine Person of Christ.
In Ephesians, the Apostle teaches us that our redemption was purchased “through His blood” (Eph 1:7) and in Hebrews, he teaches that the entire New Covenant is rooted in the Precious Blood of Jesus:

“….he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.   For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself unblemished to God, to cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.” (Hebrews 9:12–15)

Saint John the Apostle stresses the love of God and the Precious Blood when he writes: “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,” (Rev 1:5).   Elsewhere, Saint John explains that the Blood of Jesus continues to be applied to us:  “But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.” (1 Jn 1:7).

St John Chrysostom calls the Precious Blood “the saviour of souls”, St Thomas Aquinas, “the key to heaven’s treasures”, St Ambrose, “pure gold of ineffable worth”, St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, “a magnet of souls and pledge of eternal life”.   The sins of mankind, in their number, in their offence to the Supreme Being, in the effects on transgressors, are immense, yet, the Precious Blood of Jesus is not frightened by numbers, it has in Itself the power to appease an angered God and to heal wounded creatures.

The Precious Blood is a cleansing bath.   Unlike all other blood, which stains, the Blood of Jesus washes clean and white.   According to the words of St John, in the Apocalypse, the Angels wonder and the question is asked:  “These that are clothed in white robes, who are they?”   The Lord answers:  “These are they that have washed their robes and have made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”   For no other reason did the Precious Blood flow but to regain for the souls of men the beautiful dress of innocence and, once regained, to preserve it throughout life and into eternity.most precious blood

The Blood of the Saviour is a well of consolation for troubled hearts.   Can anyone, confidingly, look at the Sacred Blood trickling down from the Cross without taking courage to carry on, in spite of the difficulties which are the common lot of all?   One glance at the Cross must be able to drive away fear.   And, another, must be able to instil trust in Him who did not rest until the last drop, mingled with water, flowed out of an opened Heart.   He, who was willing to do so much for men, must be willing to overlook and forget the frailties which they deeply regret;  He must be willing to come to their assistance when harassed, to defend them when tempted, to comfort them when afflicted.   The Blood of Jesus must be for Christians what the north-star is to sailors.precious blood card

Would that men on earth honoured the Precious Blood in the manner in which they who are in heaven give honour and praise and thanksgiving!   They proclaim that It purchased the glory which they enjoy.   Without It, they would have remained slaves of Satan and outcasts from the eternal mansions of God.  Let us profess that we owe to the Sacred Blood of Jesus all that we have in this life and that to It we shall owe all that we shall enjoy in a better and eternal life!   The New and Everlasting Covenant must be mediated through the Blood of One who is absolutely perfect, sinless and obedient to God the Father – our Lord Jesus Christ.

Daily Offering to the Father

Eternal Father,
I offer You
the Most Precious Blood
of Your divine Son, Jesus,
for sinners everywhere,
sinners in my home, in my family
and in the universal Church.
I offer It too, in supplication,
for the holy souls in purgatory
and for the needs of holy mother Church.