that gave absolute proof
of the fulfilment of the Sacrifice
which saved all mankind.
We note also, in the totality of His Sacrifice, that the shedding of His Blood is a further adorable feature of Christ.The Church has devised
Adoration of Jesus Christ
Most people around the world, including real-Catholics fail in their attempts to adore The Son of God, Who is all too often treated like another important contact to have in case of emergencies, etc.
In adoring The Son one must absolutely recognise, acknowledge and appreciate Him and Who He is and What He is.
This is quite impossible for the human being so limited and so prone to decadence - even the real-Catholic who is so fabulously fortunate to have particular access to the Virtues of God, (Goodness, Truth and Love) but also to the Treasures of Christ's Infinite Merits (all of which The Church is Guardian and distributor).
To achieve this recognition, acknowledgment and appreciation more and more,
that delight the human soul,
in full accord with Christ Who speaks through His Church; through His Vicar on earth, Peter.so that these devotions,
It is not to difficult, for example, to honestly recognise and appreciate The Blood of Jesus Christ, shed for us sinners - and so, to gain a devotion to The Precious Blood.
Anyone who does not have a fulsome appreciation for Christ's Blood, the final proof of sacrifice, must ask himself whether he appreciates anything else about Christ. Does he think to appreciate The Person of The Son of God while he turns a unsympathetic eye to the Blood He shed?
The Church on the contrary, invites all Catholics and indeed everyone, not only to recognise, acknowledge and appreciate the physical Body and the immortal human Soul of Jesus Christ, but purposefully and urgently recommends recognition, acknowledgement and appreciation of His sacred Blood - of His holy Face - of His most sacred Wounds - of His Cross - indeed, of every word He spoke from the Cross and during His Life on earth - of His most holy Soul - and of course His Sacred Heart.
The Church, in encouraging full devotion to these separate human features of The Redeemer, aims to raise the human soul to greater and greater appreciation of The Son of God, in His Entirety.
Devotion to The Woman of Scripture
So also does The Church, in requiring the Catholic to maintain greater and greater devotion to the holy Mother of The Saviour and to all the Angels and Saints, particularly Joseph, Father of Jesus, and the Archangel,
having reached a certain excellence,
will then encourage the Catholic
to look higher up,
to Jesus, The Christ,
and proceed to develop a true adoration
of The Holy Trinity
through The Son,
by the very Power of The Holy Spirit.
The Wonders of CreationAnd then we can only wonder
So also with our appreciation of the wonders of nature. We look at a bird, or any creature, and gaze in wonder at the precision, the complexity, the beauty and the fullness of that creature.
at The Creator
whose Genius brought it about.
The more we wonder at creation as a whole and as a multitude of parts, the more we appreciate The Creator.
It is just as simple a calculation that appreciating the individual members of Christ's human Body and Soul,
we are better able to appreciate
the whole Christ
and indeed, The Creator.
The Holy Name of Jesus Christhath given him a name
P 57 2 6 Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
57 2 7 But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
57 2 8 He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
57 2 9 For which cause God also hath exalted him, and
which is above all names:
57 2 10 That in the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
of those that are in heaven,
on earth, and under the earth. P
Paul to PhilippiansAre we to pay the greatest tribute
Now if every knee must bend to the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, and so it should, then obviously Paul provides a confirmation to the Catholic devotion of paying the greatest honour to each and every facet of The Christ Who is God-made-man.