Excerpt from The Ave Maria, Vol. 51: A Magazine Devoted to the Honor of the Blessed Virgin; July 7, 1900
As Cardinal Newman observes: It became Him who is higher than the highest to show that even humility, if it dare be said, was in the number of His attributes, by taking Adam's nature upon Himself, and manifesting Himself to men and angels in see, my brethren, when you complain that we men are cut off from God, - see that He has done more for you than He has done for those 'who are greater in strength and power.' The angels surpass us in their original nature: they are immortal spirits and we are subject to death; they have been given larger measures of God's grace, and they serve in His heaven and are blessed by the vision of His face; yet 'he took not on Him the care of angels.' He turned aside from the eldest born of creation: He chose the younger. He chose him in whom an immortal spirit was united to a frail and perishable body. He turned aside to him whom an irritable, wayward, dim-sighted and passionate nature rendered less worthy of His love, He turned to him; He made 'the first last, and the last first'; He raised the needy from the earth, lifted the poor out of the mire, and bade angels bow down in adoration to a material form; for it was His own.
The Church, desiring to encourage devotion to the Precious Blood, grants large indulgences to prayers said in its honor. The number of distinct sheddings of the Precious Blood is seven: the circumcision, the agony in the garden, the scourging, the crowning with thorns, the carriage of the cross, the crucifixion, and the opening of the sacred side.
A Chaplet - which, it appears, need not be blessed - is formed of seven mysteries, on each of which, says the Raccolta.
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