Sixth Sunday after
Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
5th July 2015
The Precious Blood:
A Powerful Means to Conquer Mortal Sin
The least sin is so
great an evil that the Saints say: "If we could open the
gates of Hell and liberate all the souls enclosed therein,
and could release all the suffering souls from
Purgatory - all this by one little lie (that is, by
committing a venial
sin), we would not be permitted to do so". By preventing one
mortal sin, we render an inestimable service to the honour
of God - and how easily this can be done! Father Faber
writes: "If every evening, before we retire, we would ask
the Blessed Virgin Mary to offer to God the Precious Blood
of her Divine Son Jesus for the intention that thereby one
mortal sin which might be committed somewhere that night
might be prevented, and if every morning this offering were
renewed from day to day, we could prevent many mortal sins".
What joy and happiness this practice would bring to us! We
could thereby atone for our own sins and merit immeasurable
treasures for Heaven.
Here follows a
striking example: St. Paphnutius (died circa 350) had for
many years lived in a desert and laboured at his
sanctification by austere works of penance. Once a peculiar
thought came to his mind, and he dared to express it to God
in prayer. He petitioned the Lord, in all humility and
simplicity, to reveal to him a person who had the same
degree of merit as he himself. God deigned to grant his
request, and He gave Paphnutius to understand that at this
moment a certain flutist living in Egypt ranked equal to him
The Saint at once
started on a journey to find the flutist. Having arrived at
the appropriate village, and making inquiries there, he was
informed that the man he was seeking was engaged at a
neighbouring tavern, playing for the amusement of those who
patronized the place. "How strange!" thought Paphnutius.
Nevertheless, he sent word to the musician, begging him for
a short interview. When the musician came, the Saint took
him aside and spoke to him regarding the condition of his
soul. "What good deeds have you ever done?" asked Paphnutius.
"Good deeds?" replied the flutist; "I do not remember ever
having done any; all I remember is that one day, while I was
pursuing my former trade of stealing, I saved the honour of
a virgin consecrated to God, and another time I gave my
money to a poor woman who, in her great distress, was about
to commit a crime". From this, our Saint realised that God
had given the flutist graces similar to those he himself had
received, because for the honour of his Creator, this man in
his crude life had prevented two mortal sins.
Resolve to say the
following little prayer every morning and evening:
O Holy and
Immaculate Virgin Mary, offer to the Eternal Father the
Precious Blood of thy Divine Son for the intention that one
mortal sin may be prevented this day.
You may add a Hail
Mary in honour of the Mother of God for this intention.
Perform this devotion with great fervour and perseverance,
and teach it to other devout souls. You will thereby acquire
immeasurable merit. If we truly love God, we cannot feel
indifferent when God is offended.