July 6, 2000
volume 11, no. 117

The Holy Father's words in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS for July 6, 2000
The Month of the Precious Blood

The Holy Father's Angelus Address from July 2, 2000

    Dearest Brothers and Sisters!

    1. Last Friday we celebrated the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that Heart that two thousand years ago or so began to beat in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who brought to the world the fire of God's love.

        The Heart of Christ contains a message for us all. It also speaks to today's world. In a society, where technology and information science develop at a growing pace, where we are prey to a thousand often conflicting interests, we risk losing our center, the center of ourselves. By showing us His Heart, Jesus reminds us above all that He is there, in the interior of the person, where the destiny of each one is decided, death or life in the ultimate sense. He Himself gives us life in abundance, He Who makes it possible for our hearts, until now hardened by indifference and egotism, open to a higher form of life.

        The Heart of the Crucified and Risen Christ is the inexhaustible source of grace that every person can always reach: love, truth, mercy, especially during this singular year of the Great Jubilee.

    2. The Blood of Christ has redeemed us. Indeed, this is the truth that, just yesterday, we proclaimed at the beginning of the month of July, traditionally dedicated to the precious Blood of Christ, on the occasion of the Jubilee of the Union "Sanguis Christi."

        How much blood has been spilled unjustly in the world! How much violence, how much contempt for human life!

        This humanity so often wounded by hatred and violence, has need more than ever to experience the effectiveness of the redeeming Blood of Christ.

        That Blood was not shed in vain and carries in itself all the power of the love of God and is a pledge of hope, rescue, and reconciliation. To reach this source, however, it is necessary to turn to the Cross of Christ, look upon the Son of God, on that pierced Heart, on that spilled Blood.

    3. Mary was at the foot of the Cross, co-participant of the Passion of the Son. She offers her Mother's heart as refuge to those who seek forgiveness, hope, and peace, as we were reminded in the feast of the Immaculate Heart. Mary has cleansed us in the blood of the crucified Son. To her, we entrust the blood of the victims of violence, so that it will be rescued with that blood that Jesus poured out for the salvation of the world. (ZENIT Translation) ZE00070220

July 6, 2000
volume 11, no. 117

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