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.

Monday, December 09, 2002

I certainly appreciate all the encouraging and supportive emails I have been getting. (Scroll down to "Match The Statement With the Blog.) Agreement and support were also discovered here. Only one person was critical, and pretty intensely at that, but the rest of been very grateful and encoraging. I still have not gotten through them all, and I will get around to preparing a well reasoned response to my one critic. I got some support out there from Blogs I did not know existed, but I will have to add them to my reading list.

I was awakened this morning by the news that Cardinal Law had gone to Rome. The whole Gasparian spirit of reconciliation bids me to offer many prayers for him. I for one, do not think he should resign. I think he got us into this mess, and it would be unfair to inflict this on any successor. Who in their right mind would even consider wanting to be a bishop at this point, let alone the Bishop of Boston? In many ways I can imagine Law being very embarassed by it all, but if he has any character at all, I can also imagine that he wants to see change and healing.

Working on tomorrow's homily makes me realize that no shepherd in their right mind would have even left the 99 to go seek out the one. Any shepherd listening to Jesus would have laughed and scoffed. But that is precisely the kind of shepherd that Jesus is, and I imagine him leaving us to go in search of Cardinal Law.

I certainly do not wish to minimize the feelings of any of the victims, and as a Church we should do what is best and just for their healing. And I do not wish to let Cardinal Law off the hook, either. He has some serious praying and work to do. Besides, all our ire should not be used up on him. Bishop Daily has some explaining to do. On page 64 of the Catholic World Reprt December edition he sounds more like Bill Clinton than a bishop. So he needs to be taken to task, and I shall probably write a letter to my critic in Brooklyn and ask what he has done through normal channels to take his bishop to task. Still, in the meantime, I must still take my clue from St. Ignatius of Antioch. While they serve as Bishop we owe them a certain respect. We do not let them get away with abuse, but we also do not slander them in public (or private.)

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 10:41 PM link
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Chant Practice

We had a small group tonight for
chant practice as a few singers wanted a break from the studies. It is finals week. I had told the choir they could take tonight off as the music for Advent was well prepared. We will only have six singers this coming Sunday as the Quarter will have ended and many will have gone home. The next time we will sing together is in January for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Winter Quarter starts on January 6th.

This is where we sing.

Here is the music for this Sunday:
Entrance: Ad Te, Domine, Levavi (Graduale Simplex) Psalm 25(24)
Pentitential Rite: Kyrie XVI (Liber Cantualis, 4)
3rd Sunday, Psalm 122, In Domum Domini (Graduale Simplex) sung in English
Alleluia VI (Liber Cantualis, 9) with verse, tone 6
Preparation of Gifts: Rorate Coeli (Liber Cantualis, 93)
Sanctus XVIII (Liber Cantualis, 17)
Mysterium Fidei (Liber Cantualis, 18)
Amen (Liber Cantualis, 19)
Agnus Dei XVIII (Liber Cantualis, 23)
Communion: Veni, Emmanuel (Adoremus 300) in Latin and English
Conclusion: Conditor Alme Siderum (Liber cantualis, 78) In English and Latin

Unfortunately the Graduale Simplex does not have a "Gaudete" in it for "Gaudete Sunday."

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:45 PM link
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Immaculate Conception

Here is the Advent Reflection for today from the Precious Blood Leadership Conference(PBLC). Mark Miller from the Kansas City Province provides today's reflection.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:45 AM link
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