August 17 St. Joan of the Cross

“…they glory, through My Name, in bearing much tribulation. In bearing tribulation they find pleasure, and not having it they suffer pain, fearing that I reward not their well-doing or that the sacrifice of their desires is not pleasing to Me; but when I permit to them many tribulations they rejoice, seeing themselves clothed with the suffering and shame of Christ crucified. Wherefore were it possible for them to have virtue without toil they would not want it. They would rather delight in the Cross, with Christ, acquiring it with pain, than in any other way obtain Eternal Life. Why? Because they are inflamed and steeped in the Blood, where they find the blaze of My charity…”

-St. Catherine of Siena

 

Prayer of Offering of the Precious Blood 

Eternal Father, You have given Your only Son to be the Redeemer of the world and willed that He should shed—even to the last drop—His Precious Blood for love of all persons.

I offer You the effusion of the Precious Blood, which flowed beneath the knife of circumcision, which watered the Garden of Olives, which flooded the praetorium and streets of Jerusalem, which was shed in torrents at the Crucifixion, and Whose last drops reddened the steel of the lance.

In the name of this adorable Blood, grant to sinners the grace of salvation, to the just an increase of love, and to all human beings a large share in the merits that It has assured us. Pardon us in the name of this Divine Blood. Heed Its pleading voice. Remember that It is the Blood of Your Son in Whose Name You have promised to hear our every prayer.

Amen.