The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Tuesday, October 01, 2002
On the Road Again

Leaving early in the morning for the airport. I have to leave from O'Hare this time so get to be inserted into Chicago morning traffic which is the worst I have seen anywhere. Anyway we are giving ourselves an hour and a half to get to the airport.

First stop: Vancouver, BC. It is the Retrouvaille International Council. Then on to Wichita for a couple of Precious Blood Community meetings. Blogging will depend on what kind of internet access I can find. Prayers for all the Retrouvaille Community would be appreciated. It is the Feast of the Guardian Angels. What a wonderful day to be flying.




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The Seven Offerings


I. Eternal Father, we offer you the Precious Blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for the glory of your name, for the coming of your kingdom, for the salvation of all people.

Leader: Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus.

All: Who with his Blood has saved us.

Leader: Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen

II. Eternal Father, we offer you the Precious Blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for the spread of the church, for Pope John Paul, for bishops, priests, religious and for the sanctification of all the people of God.

Leader: Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus.

All: Who with his Blood has saved us.

Leader: Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen

III. Eternal Father, we offer you the Precious Blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for the conversion of sinners, for the loving acceptance of your word, and for the union of all Christians.

Leader: Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus.

All: Who with his Blood has saved us.

Leader: Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen

IV. Eternal Father, we offer you the Precious Blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for our civil authorities, for the strengthening of public morals, and for peace and justice among all nations.

Leader: Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus.

All: Who with his Blood has saved us.

Leader: Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen

V. Eternal Father, we offer you the Precious Blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for the sanctification of our work and our suffering, for the poor, the sick, the afflicted, and for all who rely on our prayers.

Leader: Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus.

All: Who with his Blood has saved us.

Leader: Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen

VI. Eternal Father, we offer you the Precious Blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for our own special needs both spiritual and temporal, for those of our relatives, friends and benefactors, and also for those of our enemies.

Leader: Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus.

All: Who with his Blood has saved us.

Leader: Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen

VII. Eternal Father, we offer you the Precious Blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for those who are to die this day, for the souls in purgatory, and for our final union with Christ in glory.

Leader: Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus.

All: Who with his Blood has saved us.

Leader: Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen

Leader: Let us pray, ....Eternal God, ever-faithful and true, we offer you the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. May its almighty power free us of our sins, lead our departed sisters and brothers to eternal joy , and immerse your church in love and unity. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.




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The Seven Offerings

This is my most recent article for magazine, Precious Blood Family.

What does it mean to offer to God the Blood of Jesus? In our culture it seems that we can only offer what we have. We can only give what is ours, what we have a right to give.

Has not the Blood of Jesus already been offered, given for the life of the world? Is this not, as some of our Christian friends try to remind us, something that happened once for all and cannot be repeated?

Eternal Father, we offer you the Precious Blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar.

This is a prayer that Precious Blood Missionaries and their companions and associates pray seven times every day. These seven offerings express the reason for our hope. (1) It is the Blood of Jesus poured out once for all and renewed(2) each day in the Eucharist that is our hope and our salvation. It is gift and mystery that has been bestowed on us and brought us near. In this prayer we are invited to trust, not in our own abilities and accomplishments, but in the gift that is given. As Gaspar would often remind us, this is God’s work.

In the first petition we focus our attention on the giver of every perfect gift(3), placing ourselves in a posture of praise and gratitude. In the second petition we are reminded that we are people of communion, that we are not alone, and that we belong to the Body of Christ throughout the world. We pray for all the members of the Church, especially those who lead the Church.

In the third petition we remember that we are missionaries and that the Church has a role in the world. This missionary focus is taken to another level in the fourth petition as we pray for civil authorities and for all responsible for relations among nations. This is a very important part of our prayer in a world that seems to be built on mistrust, violence and war. Christ is the light of all nations and the Blood of Christ is poured out for all people, and all who were far off have been made near by the Blood of Christ.(4) It is great tragedy magnified by each day of bloodshed and violence when this truth is kept hidden from so many people.

In the fifth offering we offer our day and our work, and we remember those who are most in need. The sixth offering we pray for our own needs and for the needs of those who are close to us. Older forms of the prayer included a line praying for all “those who truly love this treasure.” As beautiful as it is the current form seems to be more all-embracing. Many of my friends and family do not treasure this spirituality in the same way that I do, and yet I do not cease to treasure them. The seventh petition prays for those who are at the point of death, and for all who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. (5)

The Seven Offerings have gone through many revisions of language in past several years, but the form remains the same. It is not known if Gaspar composed the prayer or if it is something composed by Fr. Albertini, Gaspar’s spiritual Director who also composed the Precious Blood Chaplet. What is known is that Gaspar promoted this prayer, especially as a means for those who entered the various associations and oratories founded by the missionaries to remember the fruits of the missions and to inspire them to live the spirituality of the Precious Blood. During the period of adoration of the most Blessed Sacrament, each one privately recites the Seven Offerings to the Divine Blood, with the particular unction of spirit that one can arouse in the interior affections of his soul.(6)

The prayer is fundamentally intercessory. It reminds us that Jesus gave his very self for the life of the world. The prayer forms us, helping us acknowledge ach day the gift of God and forming our heart to be as generous as his. So we offer to God the Precious Blood of Jesus, the gift of his life and his humanity, the gift of his divinity, so that we may learn to trust entirely in the gift of God, for ourselves, for those who are close to us, and for the needs of the whole world redeemed by the blood of the cross.
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FOOTNOTES

(1) 1 Pet 3:15b, “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.”
(2) Lam 3:22-23 “The favors of the LORD are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent; they are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness.”
(3) James 1:17 “All good giving and every perfect gift is from above.”
(4) Eph 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ.”
(5) from the first Eucharistic Prayer
(6) Gaspar, “Method for the Spiritual Exercises”




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Feast of St. Therese
Patroness of Missions


One Sunday, on closing my book at the end of Mass, a picture of the crucifixion slipped partly out, showing one of the Divine Hands, pierced and bleeding. An indescribable thrill, such as I had never experienced before, passed through me; my heart was torn with grief at the sight of the Precious Blood falling to the ground with no one caring to treasure it as it fell. At once I resolved to remain continuously in spirit at the foot of the Cross, that I might receive the divine dew of salvation and pour it forth upon souls.

St. Therese, "Story of a Soul"




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