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Month of July

'Let us fix our gaze on the Blood of Christ and realise how truly precious It is, seeing that it was poured out for our salvation and brought the grace of conversion to the whole world'
Pope St. Clement

Month of July

Month of July

Pope St. Clement I, dated about 96 A.D. said, "Let us fix our gaze on the Blood of Christ and realise how truly precious It is, seeing that it was poured out for our salvation and brought the grace of conversion to the whole world."
The month of July is traditionally dedicated to the Precious Blood. It is given to us by the Church to help us in our prayer and meditation, a guide, if you will, to help us mature in a healthy and balanced way our spiritual life. It asks us to consider the fullness of the price that God was willing to pay for our salvation. So, we consider how great God’s love for us truly was: he loved us to the end as we say in Eucharistic prayer 4 quoting St John’s Gospel. He poured out the last drop of his blood for us. His love was not just talk but action so that we would know the truth of his love and find comfort and strength in knowing that love. However, it is not just about the greatness of God’s love for us, it is also the greatness of what God has created in each one of us. This month of the precious blood asks us to consider the value of our existence, our dignity as human beings and as Baptised children of God. If we cannot see our value in ourselves, we should at least be able to see it in the price that Christ was willing to pay for us. Our dignity is not something to be cast aside lightly as if it were of little or no importance, our bodies are not something to be disparaged or hated, but must be treated with respect and loved, life itself is not to taken of no account because Christ shed the last drop of his blood so that we might know the resurrection of our bodies and come to eternal life.
July is a time to rejoice, not only in the – hopefully - good weather, but also in love of God for us and in the greatness of who we are and the even greater joy of who we are called to be..