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.

Thursday, October 24, 2002
Gaspar on Courage II

“The bravery of a soldier and his skill are recognized in battle, the sturdy plant is made evident as soon as it resists the violent wind. The quality of metal is proved by repeated blows of the hammer. Therefore, be courageous. The Father is totally intent on having us grow in perfection.”

St. Gaspar 1813

Regarding this Friday’s gospel: (October 25, Luke 12:54-59)

Gaspar wrote the above quote while he was in prison, even while his prison experience was becoming worse. He saw the signs of the times and he did what was necessary.

The Sign of the cross: God gave us everything, even the last drop of his blood.

The Pharisees could tell the weather but could not tell that God was present, even though all the signs from the Hebrew Scriptures were here, the lame walk, the blind see, etc.

Now is the time to respond to God’s desires, not yesterday, not tomorrow. Today is the day to be courageous.

(Link to St. Gaspar on Courage I, (letter 62) is in the sidebar)

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:00 PM link
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...on the Precious Blood Martyrs.

Here too.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 10:35 PM link
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Prayer Works

Thanks to Amy Welborn for this:
Prayer works.

Out of the many visitors yesterday, only two sent emails for me to forward on to Italy. I hope the rest of you have promised to pray. There are those who say prayer is not enough, that what counts is action. Prayer is the first and primary action. St. Gaspar said he could only accomplish things through prayer.

One of those two emails came from Peter Nixon. He was so generous as to post the prayer request on his blog, but as far as I know, his was the only reply from that source. Thanks Peter. The emails were forwarded on to Italy last evening. I am sure that Lamberto and Rinuccia spent the day traveling from Turin to Rome. The Retrouvaille weekend begins tomorrow evening.

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