The Precious Blood of Jesus

Precious Blood of Jesus, infinitive price of our redemption and both the drink and the laver of our souls. You continually plead the cause of all people before the throne of infinite mercy.

When Elizabeth Eppinger was 30 years old, would experience in prayer some unusual phenomena called “ecstasies” by which she penetrated deeper and deeper into the mystery of the cross and divine mercy.

She saw the state of the Church and the urgent need for sanctification of priest: "One of the great graces that Jesus Christ gained for us by his Passion is the institution of the Eucharist, His body and blood, and the power to confer the sacraments upon us… Instead of thanking God for these huge benefits, people don’t think about them and they have scant respect for priest… They don’t pray for them… However, despite all this ingratitude, God continues to give His graces, to show us His infinite mercy even more. She says again: If only I could tell the priest how much God loves them with a special love, and how sublime their state is! Ah, if only they could understand how much God loves them!" The unfaithfulness of certain members of the clergy haunted her. All her life she would never stop praying for them.
   
                                  
Elizabeth foresaw in her visions great changes to political regimes. On several occasions she saw the bloody uprising that would take place in Paris in 1848. She was deeply shaken by the vision of the fighting and the many dead.
She prayed: "Jesus, insofar as I am able I want to make reparation for the insult and outrages which You receive from human beings, especially from those who blaspheme You."

Faced all these events, she exhorted people to pray, to do penance and to turn from sins. More clearly than ever, she understood the love of God and humankind’s ingratitude.
"Who would not venerate this Blood of infinite value! Who does not feel inflamed with love for Divine Redeemer Who shed it! What would have become of me had I not been redeemed by this divine Blood! Who has drained it all from the veins of my Savior? Surely this was the work of love!"
She realized that God loves us immensely but so many people seemed indifferent to this love. It is the same message that a humble Visitation Sister had received at Paray-le-Monial in 1675: “Behold this Heart which loves people so much that He did not spare Himself at all, even to the point of exhausting Himself and being consumed to bear witness to them of His love. And in return, all He receives from most people is ingratitude.”

Even today we are witnessing the bloodshed, violence and wars! Therefore, Mother Alphonse Marie invites us to make reparation for the insults and outrages and pray for peace in the world, in our families and, especially, in human hearts.
"Touch my heart with Your sacred Wounds and penetrate my soul with Your precious Blood, so that wherever I turn I will see only my divine Crucified Lord, and everything I see will appear colored with Your blood."

The salvation of souls became her incessant prayer’s intention: "I only think about doing God’s will and suffering out of love. My only desire is that God’s name should be glorified by all people and that He should be better known."

"O infinite love, which has given us this saving balm! O balm beyond all price, welling up from the fountain of infinite love! Grant that every heart and every tongue may render You praise and thanks now and forever!"
 

The Magnificat of Mother Alphonse Marie - part I

               My Soul Magnifies The Lord And My Spirit Rejoices In God, My Savior

The life of Mother Alphonse Marie gives praise to God’s greatness. Since her youth she looked, only, at how to please God and fulfill His will. Her deeply-religious mother taught her about the value of having a relationship with Mary. On the way to fulfilling her vocation she was accompanied by much suffering, as she searched for God and desired to love Him more deeply. In her search she realized that she was accepted and loved by God. She was driven more and more to respond to God's love by giving herself completely.

In her sickness and suffering, she became more closely united with the suffering Christ; she meditatedon Him and on His redeeming love. By her life and the foundation of the Congregation she glorified God in His greatness and love. She always sought only to fulfill His will, whether in prayer or in acts of love. In the First Rule, it is written: ”So that a good work be done zealously and have merit before God, it must be done for God. Otherwise, it is cold and empty, because every natural motive for good is weak and cannot effect any supernatural merit.“


                        Because He Has Regarded The Lowliness Of His Handmaid;
                       For Behold, Henceforth All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed

Mother Alphonse Marie did not attribute anything to herself. Like the Blessed Mother, Mother Alphonse Marie considered herself a handmaid reliant on God's goodness and mercy. She considered everything as a gift from God. She knew that humility is a basic in life and corresponds to the truth. God can be obtained only by humility. Humility was for Mother Alphonse Marie very important and she asked her Sisters to practice it. In “The Thoughts of Mother Alphonse Marie” we read: “Be humble in your desires and completely submissive to the will of God. This is the chief prerequisite for being heard. We should humbly listen to all advice and to all admonitions, and consider that it is God who speaks to us. Strive unceasingly for complete obedience, humility, and renunciation on every occasion. O precious virtue of humility, how pleasing you are in the eyes of God and how little known by men! God loves to associate with the humble. For them alone He reserves the greatest favors.“

She considered herself an instrument in God’s hands. Propelled by her love of God to cooperate in Jesus Christ’s work of Redemption, she urged her Sisters and followers to place their whole life at the service of the Redemption, to live from this Mystery of Redemption in freedom and joy, and to enable people to realize that the fulfillment of the salvation that Christ has won for us is already happening.
Because Mother Alphonse Marie was – as Mary was – deeply convinced of her vocation and mission, she could sing with Mary: ”For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.“ It was not self-praise. She was aware that everything that had been taking place, through her, her Sisters and her followers, was the work of God. She entrusted her life to Him and she did not care about anything else.

     Because He Who Is Mighty Has Done Great Things For Me, And Holy Is His Name

Like the Blessed Mother, Mother Alphonse Marie was deeply convinced the all-powerful God had done great things for her. She deeply desired to become one with Christ. From the extraordinary grace that she experienced within the third period of severe illness, constantly bed-ridden (1845-1849), we can observe ecstasies and visions. In them she predicted future things, and warned against the dangers. She saw into the hearts of others and called them to repentance. In this time many people (about 80–90 people per day) came to visit her. For many of them this visitation with Elizabeth gave consolation and light for their lives.

Mother Alphonse Marie stressed to her Sisters the necessity of holiness of life and thus participating in the holiness of God: “The spirit of the Daughters of the Divine Redeemer should be the Spirit of Jesus Christ, their Father and Model. It is according to this Model that the members of the Order are to direct their entire lives. Yes, the spirit of Jesus should so constantly and so powerfully vivify them, that His spirit should be evident in their entire being; and thereby, in the words of the Apostle, ‘the life of Jesus is made manifest in their mortal bodies’.“ (First Rule, Par. III)
 
We Remember
July
Merciful Jesus, grant them eternal rest.
3Sister M. Agnes Szakal 1991
6Sister M. Ernestine Spisak 1985
7Sister M. Carmella Ducsay 2004
8Sister M. Frances Porob 1986
20Sister M. Agilbertha Laszlo 1992
23Sister M. Bertha Decsi 1970
25Sister M. Cornelia Stropkey 2003
29Sister M. Rosanne Washy 2008
31Rev. Emil Egner, Chaplain 1959


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