These reflections are  prepared by the Precious Blood Family of Communities which includes:
  • Adorers of the Blood of Christ (US Region)
  • Missionaries of the Precious Blood (Atlantic, Cincinnati & Kansas City Provinces)
  • Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (O’Fallon, MO)
  • Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton, OH)
  • Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon
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Pentecost: May 20

We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear...

Saturday, Seventh Week of Easter: May 19

Seeing John, Peter was prompted to ask Jesus, “But Lord, what about him?” Jesus replied, “. . . How does that concern you? Your business is to follow me.” (John 21: 21-22) The apostles were truly human—curious, competitive, humble fishermen, testing to see if they...

Friday, Seventh Week of Easter: May 18

Do you love me? Then feed and tend my sheep. (John 21: 15-17) The Scriptures are filled with stories of meals. As a student in theology, I was fascinated with the four Gospels, especially that of Luke, and the emphasis on the place, the function and the importance of...

Thursday, Seventh Week of Easter: May 17

I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word. (John 17: 20) On the night of the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for you and for me. What a comforting thought. A common contemporary quote attributed to St. Augustine is, “If you were...

Wednesday, Seventh Week of Easter: May 16

Be on guard . . .  Consecrate yourselves. Both sets of words appear in the readings for the day. Both readings also lead to impending departure. Paul is about to leave the Ephesus community, “never to see his face again” (Acts 20: 38). Jesus is speaking to his...

Tuesday, Seventh Week of Easter: May 15

Eternal life is this, to know you . . . (John 17: 3)  “And eternal life is this, to know you . . .” But how do we know you? Do we know you from the inside? Do we know how you think? How you feel? On a crowded bus or in a shopping mall. There is a little girl. Do I...

Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle: May 14

I chose you . . . to go and bear fruit that will last . . . (John 15: 16) On this feast of St. Matthias, the call of Matthias makes me think: I may not have chosen Judas, but Jesus did! Jesus loves us and wants us to love him and love him in ALL others, regardless of...

The Ascension of the Lord: May 13

So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. (Mark 16: 19) As we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord into heaven, I think of the role of intercessor. An intercessor is someone who speaks or...

Saturday, Sixth Week of Easter: May 12

Apollos began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately. (Acts 18: 26) From this one verse, we can see something significant happening. Apollos was excited! So...

Feast of St. Philip Neri: May 11

"Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” (John 16: 20) We just cannot take short cuts. To get to the cake and ice cream we have to eat some spinach first. In the Gospel, Jesus...

Ascension (Traditional): May 10

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1: 8) An end—and a beginning. Jesus leaves in a definitive way; the disciples understand that they...

Wednesday, Sixth Week of Easter: May 9

I see that you are very religious . . . I even discovered an altar . . . “to an unknown god.” (Acts 17: 22-23) A few days before Christmas, I received a book entitled Knowing the Unknowable God, written by a student in my first class of six-year-olds, which I taught...

Tuesday, Sixth Week of Easter: May 8

It is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. (John 16: 7) Can you believe Paul and Silas stayed in prison? Really, if an earthquake broke my chains and swung the cell door open, I would interpret it as a sign from God and make...

Monday, Sixth Week of Easter: May 7

“. . . I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.” (John 15: 26) The word that John uses for the Spirit is Paraclete, meaning the one who is called alongside. The Spirit of God stands alongside us to give...

Sixth Sunday of Easter: May 6

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15: 13) Last August, when I was visiting my mom in Houston, I was touched by the sacrificial love of a Texas mother during the flooding following Hurricane Harvey. On August 29, Colette...