Our Ministries - Blood Donation
Lower Your Hands To Save Life
St. Thomas Mount National Shrine bears witness to the blood shed by St. Thomas, the apostle, for spreading the Christian Faith. St. Thomas gave us life in union with immortal Christ. World Blood Donor Day has been celebrated each June 14 since 2005, a joint initiative of the World Health Organisation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
“From the very beginning of the life of the Church, Christians have always believed that the blood of martyrs is a seed for Christians, as Tertullian said. Today too, in a dramatic way, the blood of a great number of Christian martyrs continues to be shed on the field of the world, with the certain hope that will bear fruit in a rich harvest of holiness, justice, reconciliation and love of God. But we must remember that one is not born a martyr. Archbishop Romero remarked, ‘We must be willing to die for our faith, even if the Lord does not grant us this honor. … Giving life does not only mean being assassinated; giving life, having the spirit of martyrdom, means offering it in silence, in prayer, in the honest fulfillment of one’s duty; in this silence of everyday life, giving life a little at a time.’”
Pope Francis Said: Today is World Blood Donor Day. It is an opportunity to encourage society to be in solidarity and sensitivity to those in need. I greet the volunteers present and express my appreciation to all those who perform this simple but very important act of helping others: to donate blood.