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, November 26, 2002

I will be leaving for the airport early in the morning, heading to California where it is a little warmer than it is here. You may see the weatherpixie change clothes to suit him for the warmer weather. There is snow on the ground here in Chicago.

So two things:

1. Have a great Thanksgiving!

2. sign the guest map.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:42 PM link
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Flos Carmeli

Stephen Riddle posts links to the New Gasparian so many times I think there must be some deep connection between Carmelite and Precious Blood Spirituality. At any rate it is a delight that some of Gaspar's life is having a beneficial effect on people.
He apparently liked the prayer to St. Gaspar I posted. The prayer was also included in a book of prayers to saints, "Be Mindful of Us."

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:03 PM link
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Got Blog?

I have too many friends who look at me unbelievingly when the topic turns to Blogs. For me it is another way of getting the news out there. How many of you had even heard of St. Gaspar before you found this blog? Anyway I post this link for all of my relatives and freinds who think the Gasparian is just an isolated thing. Thanks to
Tom Abbott for making me aware of this article. Here is the article: Got Blog?

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 8:39 PM link
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Another Axe… grind. Have you noticed that some priests like to change the words of the Eucharistic prayers? This is one of those things that have often bothered me. I remember my first six weeks in Chicago. I went to a different church each weekend just to see what Chicago offered. I was dismayed by what I perceived to be a great liturgical wasteland, not the least of which was that in every place I went the priest changed the text of the Eucharistic Prayer in some way. I was appalled at one North Side church where he made up his own words to the Institution Narrative, the Consecration.

One part I find curious is a section in Eucharistic Prayer II.

We pray:

Lord, remember your Church throughout the world; make us grow in love together with John Paul, our Pope, N. our bishop, and all the clergy.

In an effort to be more “inclusive” many priests change that ending from “all the clergy” to “all your people” or some other variation.

Apparently they have not studied the intercessory part of this prayer to see that we pray for the Church, the clergy, the deceased and finally for all of us, “omnium nostrum.” They do not wish to be seen as “clerical,” so they exclude the clergy in order to be more inclusive.

My thesis, that most efforts to be “inclusive” in our Church today turn out to be ultimately exclusive, is gaining steam.

Is there anyone else out there right now who thinks the clergy might need a few extra prayers right now?

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 1:21 PM link
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