The members of the C.PP.S. at Saint Joseph's College - October 2005.
The Missionaries of the Precious Blood are a community of Priests and Brothers who have joined together to live their baptismal commitment by serving the needs of the Church as those needs develop from age to age and from place to place.
The Blood that Jesus shed for all humankind is the stupendous sign of the magnitude of God's love for each and every human being. In both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, God's saving acts form human community, and the covenants that bind those communities are sealed in blood. So, although we are very different individuals, with very different talents, we strive to be living witnesses to the power of the blood to create just and loving community. [The connections between God's creative love and human dignity, between this characteristic of the C.PP.S. and the College's Core Curriculum should not escape notice.]
The spirituality of the Precious Blood in not a secondary or a peripheral devotion within Christianity; it is nothing else but the central mystery of Christianity, the Pascal Mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Blood is a double symbol, just as the Pascal Mystery is the passage from death to live, for blood is shed, whereas blood coursing through the body is the very substance of life. This Pascal passage from death to life is celebrated in all three forms of the primary Biblical uses of the symbols of blood: the blood that seals the Covenant (from conflict to community); the blood shed on the Cross (from suffering to salvation); and the cup of Blood in the Eucharist (from oppression to justice). In our campus life we need to make more resonant the symbols around us that proclaim the Precious Blood, such as the cross and cup insignia and our daily celebrations of the Eucharist.
Covenant, Cross, and Cup are all symbols of reconciliation, of making whole. In our times, in our country, the reconciliation that is most needed is the healing of individualism: the brokeness of our homes, of lives, of society of churches. Those who are sent ("missionaries") to proclaim the good news of the magnitude and power of God's healing love must dedicate themselves to suffering with those who suffer for justice's sake, to restoring dialogue, to mending broken covenants, to calling people out of isolation into community and building solidarity.
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