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.

Friday, November 22, 2002
I have climbed many mountains in my day. In my younger days we would head to the Sierra heights in California. Each year on reaching a peak we would scan the horizon and pick out next summer's height. I made it to the top of Cloud's Rest, and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, and to the top of Red Peak. I have fond memories of a mountain trek above San Felice in Italy where there is a spot there called Refugio San Gaspare. The trek up Mt. Sinai in Egypt was nothing short of inspiring. I wrote the following on one such journey up the mountain road above San Felice:

As always, with any mountain trek the journey becomes a sacrament of the life we lead, the journey to the kingdom. At first there is a distant glimpse of the summit. You know where you are headed but you cannot see what you well see at the summit. Further up the trail the view of the summit disappears. You can only see the road in front of you and the nearby rocks and flowers. You lose sight of the goal, but still you must take steps to reach the goal. The journey continues , but the trail gets tougher, steeper. At one point you are given again a glimpse of the summit and there is renewed focus, but soon all that is seen is the steps in front of you, the trees and rocks around you, and the companions who accompany you. There are vexing and bothersome moments on this journey. You have climbed so far and you turn a corner expecting a plateau, yet here you are faced with a steeper climb and you still cannot see the goal. But you climb. Eventually you come to a clearing above the tree-line, and there it is, not far. You still must climb but suddenly the goal appears to be within reach. Then you reach the summit. You are tired, but the struggle for the journey is suddenly unimportant as you see the splendor of the world laid out before you. St. Gaspar continually invites us to this mystical mountain so that we may listen and contemplate God’s word in creation and return to the valley with this message of God’s generous love.




posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 5:38 PM link
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Prayer for the Intercession
of St. Gaspar del Bufalo


Saint Gaspar,
missionary of the Precious Blood,
you continually sought the consolation of prayer and adoration.
Keep us faithful when we are overwhelmed by the demands and sorrows of daily life, so that we may be deeply rooted in prayer,
living branches on the vine through which Jesus' life-blood flows.

O Saint Gaspar, ardent preacher of the love of God,
you journeyed far and wide, seeking out those who were lost.
Lead all to conversion of heart,
to a true spirit of penance,
and to a greater acceptance of God's mercy.
Help us to welcome the stranger
and to seek out those who are far off.

O Saint Gaspar, great apostle of charity,
from childhood you fed the hungry and comforted the sick.
Encourage us by the example of your holy life.
Have compassion on us from your place at Jesus' side
and obtain help for the poor, health for the sick,
comfort for the abandoned, and aid for all in need.

O Saint Gaspar, intercessor, protector, and friend,
bring the petitions we have placed before you to Jesus,
along with the needs of all who have asked for our prayers.

(Pause for silent prayer.)

Strengthen us, so that we may drink fully
of the cup of suffering and of blessing,
accepting God's holy will in union with Jesus.

O Saint Gaspar, beloved founder and patron,
you spread devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus
and to Mary, Help of Christians.
May that same devotion be enkindled in us,
so that washed by Christ's Blood,
and protected by Mary our Mother,
we may one day join you and all the faithful departed
at the heavenly banquet,
where all sorrows will be turned into everlasting joy.

Let us pray.

Eternal Father,
through the intercession of Saint Gaspar,
priest and illustrious apostle of the Precious Blood,
grant that we may receive the abundant fruit of the price of our redemption.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Precious Blood Companion Maureen Lahiff deserves much of the credit for the composition of the prayer.




posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 2:32 PM link
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Still swamped

I am working on press releases and other writings this day. I think everything I get done in the next week will be at least a month late.

This still provides a measure of peace.



posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:35 AM link
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