July is the Month of the Precious Blood. During this month, we remember our special devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus poured out for us on the cross. The Blood of Christ is the price of our salvation; no other sacrifice could win for us atonement for our sins and eternal life. Having a devotion to the Precious Blood reminds us of our total dependence on God’s mercy and calls us to humble personal atonement.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send us another Advocate. That Advocate is the Holy Spirit, which descended on the disciples at Pentecost and is sealed in each one of us at our Confirmation. The Holy Spirit does not give us magical powers or compel us to act in certain ways against our will. However, the Spirit does give us gifts that we can accept and nurture as we try to become more like Christ.
Whether you feel like you are in a rut or filled with zeal, there are always new ways to strengthen your spiritual life. The rich and continuing history of Catholicism has centuries of wisdom and traditions to uncover. Take a look at these tips for ideas about how to improve your spiritual life and, as a result, your relationship with God.
1. Go to Daily Mass
Another great week in CatholicTV programming ahead!
Here at CatholicTV, we are eagerly preparing for the August 24 Mass of Ordination for Bishop-elect Mark O’Connell and our own Bishop-elect Robert Reed as Auxiliary Bishops of Boston. The Archdiocese of Boston will be blessed to have these two devoted servants of God assisting Cardinal Seán O’Malley in their new roles as Auxiliary Bishops. Those roles are certain to be busy ones, but fortunately, for Bishop-elect Reed, that will include staying on at CatholicTV.
There are a few phrases that have stuck with me like gum on a shoe from my early childhood. When I was in the 4th grade, I would often look at the clock because I wanted the class to end. I was a very active child, and school did not fit into my idea of fun. So I would look at the clock, counting the seconds till class ended. I would do this repeatedly and thus not pay any attention to what was being taught.
A homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
I can clearly remember a time when the highlight of my summer was a trip to Canobie Lake Park. I only got to go once a year, and I thought about it often, it got me though the last weeks of the school year. In days just before the trip, I could barely think of anything else. And as we rounded the corner and the old wooden roller coaster came into view, I was in Heaven!