absolved from every stain by the water,
which is the laver of our redemption. In the
prophet Ezechiel it is said, I will
pour upon you clean
water, and you shall be cleaned from all your filthiness
(Ezech. xxxvi. 28), and in Zacharias,
be a fountain open to the house of David and to the
inhabitants of Jerusalem for the washing
of the sinner
and the unclean woman (Zach. xiii. i).
And so these two things may be thought of in
relation to two of the sacraments, the water to
baptism and the blood to the Holy Eucharist.
Or both may be referred to the Holy Eucharist
since, in the Mass, water is mixed with the wine.
the water is not of the substance of the
Again, as from the side of Christ asleep in death
on the cross there flowed that blood and water
in which the Church is consecrated, so from the
side of the sleeping Adam was formed the first
woman, who herself foreshadowed the Church.
The Seven Sorrows Devotion
Making an Examination of Conscience