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 23, 2002

Here is the reflection for today, December 23.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:08 AM link
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Cross-tipped Churches

The beginnings of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in the United States are found recorded in story and stone in Western Ohio. A superficial look sees a historic byway with 100 year-old churches. Spending some time in this neighborhood one is impressed with the innumerable stories and family histories that make up the place. But you have to spend time there. The reporter in this article was impressed with what you can see on a brief visit. There is a tremendous history there, and an undying devotion. And it is not a dead history. I was privileged to preach a retreat in Maria Stein Spiritual Center this past June and to sing the Eucharist in a solemn liturgy at St. John the Baptist church in Maria Stein.

And we shall celebrate an ordination to the priesthood at Carthagena this January.

I have had the joy and opportunity to work with many of the men who work there. Chief among them would be Anthony Gamble who celebrated 60 years of ordained ministry this past year. Fr. Ray Cera is still an inspiration and an untiring translator of all of Gaspar’s words and ways. Fr. Ballor is hardly retired or retiring. I am proud to be a member of their community.

Here is the Link to the newspaper article.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 1:18 AM link
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