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…”