Who can doubt its sweet constraints over the Immaculate Heart of Mary? She is Queen of Heaven
and earth. Far and wide her empire stretches. Its boundaries are scarce distinguishable from those of the Precious Blood itself: so closely and so peacefully do the two sovereignties intertwine.
Mary holds sway over the Precious Blood. It does her bidding, and she commands with a mother’s right. Yet she too is a subject of the Precious Blood, and rejoices in her subjection.
Nobody is without Jesus in the world.
Even the lost in hell are suffering less than they should have suffered, because of the ubiquity of His powerful Blood.
But we should have a very imperfect notion of the empire of the Precious Blood if we did not take into account the chief methods by which it does its work.
It was no necessity which drove God to the redemption of the world by the Precious Blood. He might have redeemed it in unnumbered other ways. There is no limit to His power, no exhaustion of His wisdom.
The Precious Blood belongs in an especial manner to men. Much more, therefore, does God invite them to come to its heavenly baths, and receive therein, not only the cleansing of their souls, but the power of a new and amazing life.