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Day 38:  Blood And Water

Day 38: Blood and Water

Our Lord’s suffering had at last come to an end. But the graces flowing from His passion had only just begun to flood the world. They sprang first from the precious fountain of His heart, pierced by the soldier’s lance. Just as Eve was created from the side of “the first Adam,” so the Church draws her life from the side of “the last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45).

Since ancient times, the Church fathers have seen in this “blood and water” the font of two lifegiving sacraments, Baptism and the Eucharist. Through these mysteries the Church is established, and through these the life of her crucified Lord is communicated to all generations.

In Anne Catherine’s vision, a minor Roman officer comes to symbolize the power of the sacraments in the Church to come. Grace prompts him to approach the Body of Christ; grace heals and enlightens him through the Blood and Water he finds there; and grace compels him to gather the Gifts he has received to share them with the world.

Deep in Your precious Body, Jesus, hide us, we pray…let us never forsake the graces that flow from Your heart.

From the Visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

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