Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus

Note 1/26/2014: As you see below, I write this article below concerning only the actual prayers themselves in the new Precious Blood of Jesus devotional book – a book containing a Nihil Obstat from an Archbishop. I have not researched or discerned the alleged apparition itself from which they come. I issue no firm opinion one way or the other on that, and assert that, as always, I will unconditionally submit to any Church rulings on the matter.

It was late March in the year of our Lord 2010, and I was alone on an island in the Atlantic off the coast of Georgia.  After a few miles of trekking down the pristine wilderness beach, I set up camp a short walk across the sand dunes and past the forest of massive oaks draped with Spanish moss protruding from an otherwise unbroken carpet of ancient looking saw palmettos; watching families of wild horses stroll by me on their paths and listening to armadillos scurrying around me in the underbrush.

This was no shipwreck; I was camping on Cumberland Island for several days of prayer and fasting to prepare for the cross-country Catholic road trip pilgrimage ahead of me.

Going out to an island for this purpose sounds like a great idea in theory.  But after a day of having no one to talk to, extremely hungry because the thought of any more of that plain 100% whole wheat bread (which is all you brought) nauseates you, and constantly uncomfortable because there isn’t anything to sit on; then you start to wonder what on earth you were thinking.  I admit this is the point I reached very quickly.  I had anticipated this might happen, so in addition to a couple prayer books and the Bible I brought with me one of the Lord of the Rings novels – thinking an entertaining story would suffice for taking my mind off the discomfort.  I soon found that insufficient also.  I was tired, distracted, lonely, uncomfortable, very hungry, and completely lacking the peace I hoped to find there.

I was about to give up and trek the few miles back to base camp where I could hopefully ferry back to the mainland, when I had an urge to give one more thing a try.  My friend Deacon Tom had given me a small devotional prayer book earlier; on the cover was an imposing image of Christ’s bloodied face crowned with thorns that penetrates you as soon as you glance at it, along with the words “Precious Blood of Jesus Daily Devotional.”  I picked up this small book and my rosary beads and, taking nothing else with me, made for the beach.  There was God’s answer to my troubles.  I simply opened up the book and started praying its contents.  I walked for miles along those perfect shores, going through page after page.

The Rosary, the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Chaplet of the Precious Blood, the Litany of the Precious Blood, the Consecration to the Precious Blood, the Consolation Prayers, the Adoration Prayers, the Anguished Appeals, the Mystical Prayers… on I went, for hours.  My fervency only grew as I continued to pray and walk.  The power of these prayers was surging through me and making me forget all my worries.  Before my eyes in no vague terms was the sacrifice that Jesus made, and its depiction brought constant tears to my eyes.  After many hours of dryness and complete inability to focus for one minute, I now found myself almost incapable of speaking out loud a single line of these prayers without being struck with the need to weep in prayerful thanksgiving for all that He went through for me.   This was my first major introduction to devotion to the Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and my initial inspiration for sticking with its demanding regimen.

We are usually best off ignoring dreams, but sometimes we are given one that we know contains a sign from God. In one that I had soon after my time on Cumberland Island, I beheld the terribly scourged Jesus crouching down on the ground, enduring unimaginable misery.  I went to Him and embraced Him tenderly and held Him, weeping bitterly, as I sought to console Him.  I had a great interior sense that this attempt of mine was having a good effect.  In another, a torrent of fire and lava was spewing out from the ground in a nearby city, such that it had almost reached the front steps of my home.  At this, I ran out to the porch with my Rosary beads and, falling to my knees, began praying the chaplet of the Precious Blood.  The flow of fire stopped just short of our home as I did this.  In yet another, I witnessed a close friend of mine who is a Deacon wielding off evil spirits with “The Prayer to Vanquish Satan and his Agents,” given to Barnabas by Jesus as a part of this devotion.

But my personal experiences merely confirm what I see with my reason: the extreme power of this devotion and its perfect fit for the age in which we live.  In many ways I see this devotion as an attack against the great evils of today.  One of these is fluffy Catholicism.  The type that disdains any mention of crucifixes, blood, penance, the Wrath of God, evil, demons, Satan, or sin.  This devotion is the most unabashed possible diametric opposite of such lukewarm, modernistic false teaching.  Just look at “The Agonizing Crucifix,” which is a major aspect of the Precious Blood Devotion, and behold the cover of the daily devotional prayer book:

But this does not mean it is a Jansenistic devotion; focusing only on God’s wrath, sin, and our unworthiness.  Quite the contrary it is full of hope and mercy; see these excerpts from some of its prayers:  “We appreciate your benevolence and solicit Your continued loving kindness… O loving Jesus Christ, Whose mercy is endless, we adore Your Agonizing Heart which bears great pains and sorrows for the salvation of man… Heavenly Father, Your love is eternal.  In Your ocean of love, You saved the world through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ…Merciful and loving Father, Your wish is that all men shall be saved… Eternal Father, You are the creator and author of life.  You love the world You made… You are the only Immortal God, God who is love, merciful and kind.”

This devotion is equally unabashed in its condemnation of homosexuality, abortion, modern fashions, unworthy communions, irreverence toward the Eucharist, fornication, adultery, immodesty, worldly priests, justifying sin by simply planning to confess it, taking the Lord’s name in vain, neglecting to keep the Sabbath, the forsaking of vows, and criticizing instead of praying for the Church (in short, all of those sins which modernist heretics and lukewarm Catholics within and without the Church want us to accept and welcome).  It is highly concerned with purgatory, the protection of the clergy, the Immaculate and Sacred Hearts, reparation to the Eternal Father, offering ones-self as a victim soul to be in agony with Jesus, the Sacred Side of Jesus, and the invocation of St. Michael the Archangel.

It is traditional without being traditionalistic.  Highly recommended as part of this daily devotion is all twenty decades of the Rosary; required is at least 5 a day.  Contained within the pages are the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Litany of Saints, as well as the original long prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. It opens up with remarks by Blessed John Paul II on “Christ’s Blood, Source of Salvation.”

Finally, if you will forgive the slight vulgarity, this devotion seems to me like “Divine Mercy on Steroids;” taken up a few notches in fervency and in graphic truth in stride with the urgency and gravity of our times.  This devotion is fearlessly apocalyptic in nature.  It gives no dates, of course, but does speak of the Antichrist and the Red Dragon.  “The great day of darkness is coming… Wake up, my children for evangelization!… Persist in your work of salvation now!  Call my people back to me,” says Jesus to Barnabas.  Are these “gloom and doom” words, insisting that people sell their possessions or stock up on food and ammunition?  Not at all!  What enormous privileges you choose to deprive yourself of when you permit the false prophets, those who insist upon fixed dates or who claim security through worldly means or preach heresies like the rapture and millenarianism, to cause you to turn your back on the true prophets: those who fearlessly proclaim that the time of mercy is running out and we must step up our efforts in fighting for the Kingdom and spiritually readying ourselves for chastisements which are to precede a Glorious Reign of Peace (otherwise known as the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart).  You may respond “I live my life as a Catholic so that I may die any day, why need I bother with this?”  It is well and good that you live as such.  But with those words do you categorically reject prophecy?  Do you willingly call down upon yourself the condemnation of the holy Apostle St. Paul who demands that you “despise not prophecy” (cf 1 Thess 5:20)?  Would you reject Jonah’s call to penance and convince your household to do likewise, thus refusing the mercy that God desired to grant Nineveh?  Oh devout soul: it is not your place to decide what Heaven ought to say.  It is your place to prayerfully discern what you are presented with so as to sift out the false prophets, hear what Heaven has said, and do as you are told.

Right now, what we are being told is very clear.  Seek out your Divine battle orders by lending your ear to the Hound of Heaven who has graced our age with such unfathomable mercy in apparitions, visions to Saints, and powerful devotions like the one I speak of here, but also: St. Faustina and Divine Mercy.  Our Lady at Fatima, Medjugorje, Kibeho, Akita, Garabandal.  Fr. Gobbi and the Marian Movement of Priests.  Maria Esparanza, Louisa Piccarreta, Ann the lay apostle, Therese Neuman, and so many more!

 

Can I say with certainty these are all valid?  Of course not, but they all say essentially the same thing, and I am enormously confident at least some of them are valid.  With obedience to the Magisterium and a solid foundation in Scripture and Catechism, you need not lay idle in paralyzing fear of falling into error.  Instead, proceed with courage and prudence, trusting in Jesus.

It is convenient and easy to open up the Precious Blood of Jesus Daily Devotional, or anything similar, and say “that kind of stuff is not for me.”  It is that same convenience that the agnostic strives after in choosing not to develop a belief about God.  But that is no longer possible.  The marks are being placed.  The time for neutrality is over; the battle is beginning.

37 Comments to “Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus”

  1. Where can I buy an agonazing cross of Jesus in Ireland ? Thank you

  2. oh! thanks for all messages. thank u. please keep us updated on every news/ activities / information on the devotion to the precious blood of our Lord Jesus. thank you all. mmujuni12@gmail.com mbarara uganda

  3. Thank you for your faith. May the precious blood of Jesus Christ cover us and the WHOLE world!! Adoration to you oh Most Precious Blood, adoration to You Precious Blood of Our Jesus Christ!

  4. To Daniel O
    I wish to please you all, for special help on interest I have on Sacred Head of our lord Jesus Christ and Immaculate Heart Mary.
    I am a devotee to our Blessed Virgin Mary which made me to have a covenant that she must answer name in my life. I wrote a book in her honour titled “Mary: the purest means of reaching Jesus” but nobody is helping for the distribution and support. Yet I wish to write about the love in precious Blood, but nobody to help me.
    My dear devotees, what shall I do for this inspirations?
    I am Samuel Nnabueze Okenyi
    Nigeria
    08136297231
    Okenyisamuel21@Gmail.com

  5. When I think about the wounds of our lord Jesus Christ on His Sacred Head, all my bodies do moves with sorrow. I wish to write an articles on Agonizing and sorrowful Heart of Jesus and Mary, so that more souls shall be convinced.
    Happily writen “Mary: the purest means of reaching Jesus” I wish this honour will go for their sorrowful Heart.
    Let all lovers of Jesus pray for God’ wisdom, grace and security upon me.

  6. For the past few months I have been dreaming alot about the precious blood of Jesus. In my dreams when something bad is about to happen I say “Precious blood of Jesus”, then everything is fine. As this was happening so often I decided to find if there were any novenas or chaplets of the precious blood of Jesus. I found the chaplet and have started saying it devoutly everyday for almost a week. I am going through some trials at the moment so I am saying this chaplet and also the Rosary. The Rosary has never failed me and Mother Mary has always helped me, but I would like to know if this chaplet was given sincerely to this man from Jesus. I feel lost at the moment as I have read some comments saying that it isn’t real, and some people saying that it is very real. I would really love to hear some feedback on anyone who has devoutly said this chaplet. Many thanks.

  7. Hi Dan,

    Further to my comment on the Agonizing Crucifix, this is from preciousbloodinternational.com FAQs:

    2. I have seen several different styles of Agonizing Crucifixes that my friends and prayer group members have. Are they all the same?

    No they are not. Be careful of “imitation” Crucifixes! We have seen and heard of a number of different ones out there. We carry the only Agonizing Crucifix approved by Our Lord as the one He has attached His promises to. They are shipped to us directly from the factory that is under contract by the artist, where they are manufactured. Do not be fooled into purchasing any other Crucifix as Our Lord’s powerful promises may not be extended to the imitation ones. In Nigeria, Barnabas presented a number of Crucifixes from various artists to Our Lord and He rejected them all except this one that we offer. See our store for pictures of the authentic crucifix

    What do you think about this? Thank you and God bless.

  8. The prayers are indeed wonderful. Although perhaps not a Nigerian scam, I question why one must purchase the agonizing crucifix specifically and ONLY from the manufacturer in Nigeria.. It provokes pause as to whether there is a financial interest here. There is no such requirement for the Divine Mercy image or other sacramentals.

  9. Hello Danny, Please take the words from the original apostolate into account . The site you ordered from is run by a woman who broke off from the original apostolate and began changing words in the devotional, you can read of it here http://www.preciousblooditnl.com/about_us.

    I speak as someone who learned this after I ordered from preciousbloodinternational.com out of Tallahassee, Florida. The original Devotional material can be ordered from Queenship.org.

    Ok, God Bless you, I only share what I learned and am not attempting to solicit on this site.

    Richard

  10. Thank you

  11. Hi Daniel,
    I was touched reading you blog and would like to start the devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus for my marriage as I feel my husband has been talking to women on the net. Can you please let me know what prays I should say?

  12. HI, I have been doing the Precious Blood of Jesus, prayers.
    A Friend sent me a copied pamphlet of
    DEVOTION. TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
    PRINTED. BY. CRUSADERS OF OUR. LADY
    OF FATIMA, P.O BOX 761 . LANCASTER, CA 93584
    ON THE BACK OF THE PAMPHLET IS THE 10 PROMISES TO THOSE WHO OFFER UP THESE WORKS TO THE PRECIOUS. BLOOD

    WHO HONOR THE MOST PRECIOUS. BLOOD
    OF CHRIST. HAVE. YOU A COPY

  13. Sir,
    I have only just discovered your beautiful and inspiring Blog. I too would like to have a devotion to the Precious Blood of Our Lord and Saviour, can you tell me where I can purchase a book similar to your daily devotional book and find out more information? Not sure I know where to star from.
    Thank you for your Saintly work.
    Regards,
    Anne
    London, Uk

    • Hello Anne! thank you, and I am glad to hear you find it inspiring. I get the Precious Blood devotional books from this website http://www.preciousbloodinternational.com/store/products.php?cat=11

      In Christ, through Mary,
      Daniel

    • Anne,
      I would be happy to send you a very special book on the Devotion of the Precious Blood. It is currently out of print except in some case, as there is questions as to the validity of the visionary. However, I continue to use the book and know that this is just a temporary set back. God Bless.

      • Dear Lynn
        Thank you for your kind gesture I would love to take you up on that offer, I am new to this devotion and am interested in moving towards deepening my knowledge and devotion to Our Blessed Lords sufferings. I live in London, England and books like this one are hard to come by, any help is gratefully appreciated and valued. I will of course return your kindness with a Spiritual bouquet which I will offer for your intentions.

      • I would need your address and will put together a package for you. I am happy to do this and feel Blessed to do so.

  14. I would also like to add to my previous post that Our Lord requested the exposition and wide circulation of bloody Crucifixes through a locutionist in the 1970’s. The messages aren’t that well known but I have copies of them. Also in these messages is an absolutely amazing prophetic reference to the future world being flooded with images which, to me, is proof of its authenticity. I believe that it could be possible that since these messages haven’t been widely circulated yet – something I’m aiming to do soon – Our Lord might have possibly chosen Barnabus to fulfill this request for the bloody crucifixes or perhaps Barnabus also read the locutionist messages. But I sincerely doubt he did because he was so young when he first received the alleged PB messages. Also, Jesus requested of Sr. Martha Mary Chambon wanted his bloody wounds exposed to the view of the world and to not disdain it. So the PB devotion seems to be fulfilling Our Lord’s requests to many other visionaries, mystics etc.. Also, here is something I came across but I don’t know the origin of these promises. However, they sound plausible.

    PROMISES TO THOSE WHO HONOR THE CROSS OF CHRIST

    1. Those who expose a crucifix in their homes or place of work and decorate it with flowers, will reap many blessing and rich fruits in their work and undertakings and immediate help and comfort in their cares and suffering.
    2. Those who look at a crucifix only a few minutes when they are tempted or in battle or struggling, especially when tempted to anger, will at once master themselves, and thereby be victor over the temptation and sin.
    3. Those who daily meditate for 15 minutes on My Agony on the Cross will at once support their suffering and annoyances, first with patience, then later with joy.
    4. Those who very often medicate on My wounds on the Cross with deep sorrow for their sins and guilt, will soon attain a deep hatred of sin.
    5. Those who very often, at least twice daily, offer up to the Heavenly Father, My 3 hour death agony on the cross for all neglect, indifferences and failures to follow inspirations will shorten or even be completely spared of the punishments for them.
    6. Those who gladly pray daily the Rosary of the Holy Wounds, but with great devotion and great trust, while meditating on My Agony on the Cross, will obtain the grace to fulfill conscientiously all their duties, and by their example will inspire others to do so.
    7. Those who inspire others to honor the Crucifix and My most Precious Blood, with My Wounds, and who also make known My Rosary of the Holy Wounds, will obtain quick answers to all their intentions and prayers.
    8. Those who pray the Way of the Cross daily over a long period of time and offer it for the conversion of sinners can save a whole parish.
    9. Those who 3 consecutives times – it need not be in one day-visit an image of My Crucifix, honor it, and offer up the Heavenly Father My Agony and Death, My Most Precious Blood and My Wounds for their sins, will have a beautiful death, will die without agony and without fear

  15. Many years ago a very spiritually-gifted lady prayed over me and said God had given me the gift of discernment. Prior to meeting her, she did not know that I had constantly prayed to God for this gift. Little did I know the importance of what I was asking for or how much it would be needed in my life and in these times. Many times I was enticed to go down certain paths that appeared to be very good and even holy and had the majority of people following that path but for some reason, which I now attribute to discernment, I pulled away from the majority and went on the marginal path of much suffering only to find later that I was on the right path after all. So what I have to say is not in pride and despite what the lady said to me, I still have to guard against error because the evil one is much more clever than we can possibly imagine. So I am safe in submitting the final judgment to the church. But, I want to clarify the misleading understanding of the Bishop of Nigeria’s approval of the messages of Barnabas. The Bishop’s approval should only be interpreted to mean that he does not find anything in the Precious Blood messages that are contrary to the teachings of the church. I, too, have also felt there were, for lack of a better word, problematic errors in the messages but they were not something that can be considered alarming. There seems to be a blend of other messages in this devotion. The prayers make reference to the Sacred Head, Seat of Divine Wisdom which is another devotion inspired by Our Lord to Theresa Higginson, and another reference to the Flame of Love devotion messages given to Elizabeth Kindlemann. The Precious Blood consecration prayer I have seen in the German Rosa Mystica booklets. In addition, the Gethsemane hour appears to have been influenced by the messages given to a humble and suffering woman named Eugenie of Kibeho, Rwanda. She was asked by Our Lord to promote the Rosary to the Eternal Father which comprises observing the Gethsemane hour. All these devotions came well before Little Barnabus Precious Blood Devotion messages. Finally, the sheer volume of promises given in this devotion give me pause for doubt. There are other things I have noticed but time doesn’t permit elucidation. However, there’s really no harm in having these aforementioned prayers included in the PB devotion but it gives pause to wonder if this is consistent with the claim made by Barnabus that all the prayers were given to him by Our Lord. Then again, is Our Lord affirming all these devotions in one fell swoop? With that said, I constantly hear from people about all the miracles and signs that seem to accompany the PB Devotion. Would this Precious Blood devotion be any more powerful than the Sacred Head, Holy Face, Sacred Heart, Sacred Wounds, Holy Side, Shoulder Wound, Holy Soul devotions? The claim that it is the greatest of all devotions cannot be possible because every part of Our Lord contains the whole – just like the Eucharist. However, what may be giving it that impression is the faithfulness on the part of the people to the prayers themselves. Despite my doubts about the Divine Origin of this devotion, I cannot deny that the emphasis on keeping vigil in a daily constancy of prayer, reparation, adoration and consolation cannot be but very pleasing to God. It is almost like Mark 9:38-39, “John answered him, saying: Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, who followeth not us, and we forbade him. But Jesus said: Do not forbid him. For there is no man that doth a miracle in my name, and can soon speak ill of me. For he that is not against you, is for you.” How many of us actually practice devotions daily? This world needs more prayer, penance and reparation than ever before. So I will not discourage anyone from saying these prayers. I have also said them from time to time. But I do recommend a bit of a caveat because the wolf is always in sheep’s clothing. Remember, even the visionaries St. Margaret Mary or St. Mary Peter, when speaking to their spiritual directors would always qualify their statements with, “It seems to me that Our Lord said” or “If I am not mistaken Our Lord said….” Even these visionaries were cautious with what they themselves were experiencing. Therefore, do not even totally trust what appears to be confirming signs and wonders because they can be used as a trap by the evil one to pull you along a path that you never thought possible or even conceived of.

  16. Please tell me who painted the picture on the book of the Devotion to the Precious Blood.

  17. Interestingly January 2010 St. Mary’s was visted for a period of 3 weeks, with an eventual settling in St. Simons for 5 months, before traveling eastward for the summer and early fall.

    The Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ came to me at St. Mary’s Parish in Jackson, Tn, late Janurary this year, while participating in their new Perpetual Adoration Chapel of Divine Mercy, and continues now daily as I observe the three novenas for July. I attend the weekly Gethsemane Hour every Thursday Night from 11:00 PM till 3:00 AM, even as I left the parsih, early June, and discontinued Perpetual Adoration, seeking empoyment in Providence, RI. It has become an important devotion that remains ineffable, continuing to transform my life beyond the mundane into a world of mystical knowledge, an exquisite adjunct to St. John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul. I know not where it leads me, only that it does, to the very heart of God. Your words, your devotion, are appreciated, your soul joins with me in glandness that we have been given this precious liturgical instrument for devotion. I am so thrilled I am not alone in this journey, as it sometimes seems. I am seeking conference of consecration and the shield, if you know of any priest that conducts the Mass of The Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for your kindness to the Lord the Giver of Life. If you would like we might exchange emails, stay in touch, unless of course the Lord prefers differently, as it seems such a solitary path in spirit. Pray Peace to Your soul!

  18. I happened to find ur web site by chance.
    I am writing in reply to the exchange btw u and Ben.
    I am a precious Blood devotee.
    I have been for about 12 or more yrs.
    I really got to deeply understand the devotion about a yr ago it hit me like a thunder bolt.
    The beginning and end of this beautiful devotion is about HOLINESS.
    There are some misconceptions from Ben,
    it takes 5 months of Observing the Hours of Getsemane before u can be consecrated as a full devotee of the Precious Blood.
    Barnabas first got this revelations as an illerate 17 yr old boy
    what got people to believe (especially the bishop ) was how such a boy could bring out such beautiful work.
    There are other Must read mystical works attached to the devotion.
    The golden age of silence
    etc the just hit u.
    The main talk centers on Holiness, the various STEPS of holiness explained by various saint to Barnababs which will let u know where u stand before our Lord.
    On a personal note what this devotion has taught me is this.
    You must love our Lord for who he is not necessarily because of what u can get from him.
    That is TOTAL surrender to the will of God.
    The road is full of Bumps and brusies and we can do nothing except by his Grace, all he wants from us is Effort.
    May the good lord bless u.s.
    Ifeanyi okongwu
    on the eve of the Solemnity of the
    sacred Heart of Jesus.

  19. Can you explain what precisely the “Glorious Reign of Peace on Earth” is and how it differs from millennialism? Also, if you accept Barnabas’s revelations as true, do you also accept his revelation that the Antichrist will succeed “in capturing the highest seat in My Holy Church,” that is, become pope? Do you also accept his revelation that the Great Seal is available to Catholics only after 5 consecutive months of prayers and a special mass and that “[t]hose who lack this Seal by the time of the Great Tribulation will be conquered by the Beast, the Anti-Christ”? Do you accept his revelation (contrary to the Council of Rome in 745) that the Archangel Uriel deserves veneration? Do you also accept his revelation that Barnabas himself has the authority to grant indulgences (“Whoever teaches this prayer to another person will have an indulgence of 4 years”)? Do you also accept his revelation that the Precious Blood Devotion is the “last devotion He is giving the Church” and “the greatest devotion He has ever given the Church” is “the ultimate weapon against evil in the world” (i.e., greater than even the Eucharist itself)?

    • Sure, Ben
      1. The heresy of Millenarianism is the teaching that Jesus will visibly, physically reign temporally on Earth. The PB devotion nowhere says that.
      2. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01582a.htm (or even if validly elected he will be like the other evil popes we have seen in history: personally horrible but not being permitted to teach heresy, thanks to the Holy Spirit)
      3. Accusations of exclusivity of the PB devotion put words in Jesus’ mouth. Never does this devotion claim to be anything but one visible aspect of the invisible grace of the Great Seal which obviously is available through means other than this specific devotion given to Barnabas
      3. The Precious Blood has always been the ultimate weapon against evil in the world.
      4. I see no reason why this could not be the last and greatest devotion. These are unprecedented and apocalyptic times.
      5. Haven’t heard of the other claims… but I must say, given the ease with which 1-4 are answered I am not too inclined to assume they are valid. I will, however, investigate when time permits. Thank you.

      You may be a reader of Ron Conte’s. While I respect him I would urge you to place more value on your own prayerful discernment. I do not see how the off-handedness with which he issues his multitudes of condemnations can be from God (not a character judgment on him, just an unavoidable observation given the excessive number of devout, God-fearing orthodox Catholics that he publicly rebukes as false-seers on his website). I would also caution you that being so detail/specific oriented like this is something better left to the authority of the Church. Unless I am mistaken (and you are indeed a professional scholar of Magisterium) – simple laymen like you and I are better off keeping an eye out for explicit, clear, obvious heresy; being aware of bad fruits; and prayerful discernment instead of attempts at such tricky dissection.

      May God be with you,
      Dan

      • Thanks for writing back, Dan, but I’m still confused.
        1. While you defined millennialism, you haven’t yet defined the “Glorious Reign of Peace on Earth” (GRP). Is it the eschaton? The language’s ambiguous, but PBI seems to say the GRP will begin on Sept 14th (tinyurl.com/3mdmcr2). Perhaps they believe this because Barnabas claims Mary told him, “This prayer [Roses of the GR] shall be used to welcome the feast day of the Glorious Reign at Midnight from the 13th to the 14th of September” (tinyurl.com/4xhecca).
        2. Antipopes and antichrists have certainly existed, but Barnabas’s visions claim the “Evil One,” the “beast,” etc. (by which I understand he means some final and ultimate Antichrist) will become pope. My question here is only whether you believe this will happen. And if so, on what authority?
        3(a). The blood of Jesus is, of course, the greatest weapon against evil. But Barnabas claims the greatest weapon is this *particular* devotion, the Precious Blood Devotion (PBD) which he distributes. Is the PBD greater than the Rosary? The Divine Mercy Chaplet? The Eucharist? This is precisely what PBI says: “Our Lord told young Barnabas this is the greatest devotion He has ever given the Church and the last one He will give in this age. This is the ark that will protect and bring the Holy Catholic Church, the remnant faithful and all those you love and pray for safely through the bitter trials of the coming chastisement and into the promised Era of Peace. It is the ultimate weapon against evil in the world and Our Lord is calling His remnant people to take up this dry and desert way of prayer and begin to drive back the evil engulfing the world, the Church and our families.”
        3(b). It is sheer arrogance to claim this devotion is “the ark that will protect and bring the Holy Catholic Church . . . through the bitter trials.” The Church herself is the ark; we are saved by being passengers in that ark. We do not save the Church; rather, we are saved through the Church by Jesus’ holy and inestimable blood.
        3(c). The PBD claims: “Before receiving the seal, a devotee is expected to try to perform five consecutive months of Gethsemane Hours, where all the prayers dictated by Jesus are said. Then in a votive mass of the Precious Blood, the devotee is consecrated and through the blessings of the priest, a soul is sealed” (tinyurl.com/42rmxpl). But is the PBD necessary for the “Great Seal”? Yes, according to the same source: “To avoid losing one’s seal . . . [o]ne must also remain faithful to the devotion.”
        3(d). This accusation does not put words in Jesus’ mouth; Barnabas does that. Says the “Jesus” of Barnabas’s visions: “That is why I teach this mysterious prayer to you in order that you all might be saved.” In its emphasis on secret knowledge required for salvation, this approaches Gnosticism; in its open declaration that our salvation is dependent on saying this “mysterious prayer,” it is contrary to the Catholic faith.
        4. These are only apocalyptic times (in a sense other than that in which all post-Resurrection times are apocalyptic) if the eschaton is at hand. Do you believe the end will come within this generation or the next? If so, what then of Matt 24:36?
        5. We probably agree that Ron Conte’s off-handed condemnations are often unreasonable and poorly argued. And we certainly agree, in accord with Catholic teaching, that ones salvation is never dependent on believing the content of a private revelation. But we probably disagree about whether the visions of Barnabas make salvation contingent upon praying the PBD and receiving the “Great Seal” and, as a result of this, we probably also disagree about whether it’s appropriate to call Barnabas’s so-called revelations the religious version of a Nigerian scam.

      • Forgive me for the delay in approving/responding, I’ve been on the road the past few weeks. I would love to get into an indepth discussion on all htose points, I really would, but time does not permit.

        So permit me to respond as follows: Many weak arguments do not make a strong argument. So I was wondering if you could choose what single point you believe is the strongest against the PB devotion (clearly we are having a debate here, not a mere Q&A!), and I will address that.

        However I would also like to add… my astonishment that you, who I am assuming to be an orthodox Catholic, would so readily condemn another faithful, holy, orthodox Catholic (Barnabas) as promoting a “religious version of a Nigerian scam.” Please pray for the grace to control your tongue, if you meant that last paragraph as I am taking it. I would also urge you to read my “Catholic Venom” post.

  20. I haved been devoted to the Precious Blood for many years now and say the Precious Blood prayers of St. Gertrude the Great and St. Catharine of Siena. About 10 yrs. ago, during the Stations of the Cross I was given a great love for the Sorrows of the Blessd Mother and now do this devotion also. An acceptance of doing reparation has come over me. It’s almost impossible to understand how it is that for sorrow God gives joy and for suffering God gives peace.Focusing on and meditating on the sorrows and sufferings of Jesus and Mary ends up giving us joy and peace. I don’t understand how it works, thats a difficulty not a doubt.I believe it and I have experienced it.

  21. I have a very deep interest in the Precious Blood of Jesus. “Very” is an understatement. I was wondering, do you like the Holy Face Devotion?…without His Precious Blood, Jesus would not be able to make an imprint onto Veronica’s veil. July is the Devotion to the Precious Blood and Tan Books Company has a great booklet on the Precious Blood devotion.

    • I’ve been fighting with myself whether to write this or not but I’m going to anyway. In 1965 my mother got a big beautiful picture of the Merciful Jesus. One day I was burning a candle next to it and the candle fell by accident against it and burned an inch + of the hair part. I took the picture from the wall and quickly taped the burned part so it wouldn’t become a hole. My mother was very distraught about it. On the painted wall there was a brown imprint of the burn, but I hung the picture back on the same spot after I put a hard plastic cover sheet over it and consoled my mother that at least Jesus’ Face was intact. After some time, I don’t remember how long later, I was gonna clean the painted walls in the living, so I had to remove the picture of the Merciful Jesus also. The moment I was going to wash off the imprint of the burn on the wall, something in me said : don’t do it and I felt a strong exhortation as if something was going to happen to it. I never experienced this before. But I listened to my inner little voice. I kept my mouth shut though, never said anything about that. One morning my mother called me : ” Rita come downstairs and see what happened on that wall. There was blood running from behind the picture, we removed the picture and saw three blood streams running down from the “burn” imprint which was bloody too. in November my parents went to Padre Pio who said that Jesus said that He had marked our house with His Blood just as He saved the world with His Blood and that this sign would open the eyes of many, that He would show my parents their enemies. He explicitly said : do not to talk about this yet to no one, for the devil always lies in wait to destroy My Work.” Once at home my mother thought she should tell the bishop about that. The Bishop said he would come and look at it and said that these signs happened with the first christians. In the meantime the blood stopped running and had formed 3 clots at the end of the blood streams. The day the Bishop was coming – my mother even put a white/yellow flag on the table :o) – we were waiting and waiting and waiting but he didn’t show up. He was first visiting the fathers TRAPPISTS in their monastery (their was a lot of rebellion going on in that particular beer brewing monastery). The monastery’s economist who loved my parents very much told us afterwards what happened. The prior had threatened the Bishop that the diocese would not receive a single penny anymore if he dare come visit us and look at what happened. All hell broke loose after that, the story is too long to write down. (You see we should have listened to Jesus’ advice via Padre Pio not to talk about it yet.) One day I thought :”If it is Jesus’ blood I want to touch it, and while touching it, the blood started running again and clotted again after awhile (I would never do this again now, I was young and as green as grass). The Bishop ordered parish priests to preach that nobody was allowed to come and visit us, I heard it with my own ears. We finally moved to another city because life became impossible. My parents asked padre Pio what to do with the Blood on the wall and he said :” the One Who put it on there, can also take it away”. We never knew what happened to it afterwards. Lesson learned though.
      Rita Biesemans

      We pray daily the chaplet of the Merciful Jesus : Eternal Father we offer to Thee the Body and Blood, the Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement of our sins and those of the whole world and then the prayers continue…..
      Riki

      • Thank You, Riki, for your courage and blessing to share the account your experience of the Precious Blood of Jesus on Dan’s blog. It’s hard to discern signs and we have to do this on a daily basis, but it gets easier with practice and perserverance…and faith!!

        God Bless you and your family and friends! Your Sister in Christ
        J.M.J.

      • A few minutes ago, I was reading my collection of prayers and verses and I “gracefully” stumbled upon a verse that I feel hits the mark about perserverance. (But of course, The Holy Bible is our Life’s Manual!)

        The verse is from 2 Peter 1:2-11 (NKJV)
        “2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus Our Lord, 3 As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that though these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 To knowledge self-control, to self-control perserverance, to perserverance godliness, 7 To godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 For so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

        Amen.