This article is the Keynote Address given by Sr. Barbara E. Reid, O.P., at the 2010 Precious Blood Convocation on July 27, 2010. The convocation was a gathering of approximately 300 members and lay associates of the Precious Blood Religious Congregations serving throughout North America. The theme of the convocation was "Who will speak a word that will rouse them? I can, I must, I will. Will you?" In her talk, Barbara Reid reflects upon the call to prophetic leadership in response to the needs of the church and the world today.
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Spirituality and Theology
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With Chalice in Hand, We Stand at the Foot of the Cross: We, the women and men of the blood, stand at the foot of the cross where Jesus still bleeds; wars in our streets, wars in our neighbor's yeards, wars around the world. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ are Artisans of Peace: The adoratin of the blood of Christ ought to encourage the person to be a peace-maker; to construct peace.
It is assuredly a moment of grace that the first academic chair to be inaugurated under the auspices of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center be dedicated to the study of the Second Vatican Council.
One of the social realities which globalization has heightened has been the increasing presence of many cultures together. Cultures have, of course, always rubbed up against one another throughout history. But what we see today is that more people than ever are affected by what has come to be know as multiculturalism, that is, the situation in which people must learn to live with more multiple cultures simultaneously.
Fr. Loipfinger writes: I wish to develope the following thoughts: The Precious Blood spirituality is truly a way of life, a way through life, a way of life, because therein we discover what is truly a fundamental spirituality which is an integral aspect of the Church, which makes us into apostles, and which leads us to the praise and glory of God.
Excerpts from Pope John Paul II's Evanelium Vitae concerning the sprinkled blood from the Old Testament and the Blood of Christ. Don Michele Colagiovanni Evangelium Snguinis on the Gospel of Blood.
The mystery of Christ's Blood is very rich in meaning and it is important to discover its contribution to each area of the Church's pastoral activity. This Seminar provides us with the opportunity to deepen the theme of the spirituality of the Precious Blood in the specific field of catholic education.