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, March 20, 2003
I Leave in the Morning for St. Anselm Church, Ross, CA

I will be there to preach a Parish Mission in the tradition of St. Gaspar del Bufalo

I would REALLY appreciate your prayers, for myself, and for the people of the parish.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 10:55 PM link
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Friday of the Second Week

The Readings
Gen 37: 3 4,12 13, 17 28 Joseph's Brothers sell him into slavery into Egypt
Ps 105 Remember the marvels the Lord has done
Matt 21:33 43, 45 46 Parable of the Vineyard, The stone rejected by the builders that became the cornerstone.

St. Gaspar
writing from prison

"It is true -- they are thorns, but, they are thorns that sustain the mystical rose. They are bitter drink, it is true -- but a bitter drink that helps anyone to a change of life in the spirit and assists us to be distrustful of self and confident in the divine goodness, which is the sum total of our sanctification. To this mystical winter, there usually follows a flowering spring; to this most beautiful mystical night, there usually follows a most serene day; to this mystical storm, there follows a most consoling calm. In any event, it is always proper to remain in conformity to the sovereign dispositions and to recommend oneself to the Lord to keep us always faithful to him. Amen."

Joseph shared his dreams with his brothers. His brothers rejected that dream and sold him into slavery. In God's mysterious designs, over a period of years, this tragedy was a place for God to show his marvels as Joseph became a source of nourishment for Egypt and for his brothers.

The Landowner in Jesus' parable had a dream of a rich and bountiful harvest. The tenants rejected that dream and resorted to violence. In God's marvelous design, the stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

St. Gaspar reminds us that any dream worth dreaming is worth remaining faithful to, even if denied and rejected. We trust in the marvels God can do. The darkness of Joseph's slavery and the winter of the murder of the landowner's son all become the light and spring of nourishment and life.

• What dreams of mine have been rejected?
• In what ways do I tend to trust in my own strength only?
• How do I show that I am willing to endure the winters in my life, hopeful of spring?

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 10:14 PM link
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Black and White Reporting

I am grateful for some news sources that make these kinds of things available.

The Holy See has learned with deep pain of the development of the latest events in Iraq. On the one hand, it is to be regretted that the Iraqi government did not accept the resolutions of the United Nations and the appeal of the Pope himself, as both asked that the country disarm. On the other hand, it is to be deplored that the path of negotiations, according to international law, for a peaceful solution of the Iraqi drama has been interrupted.

Given these circumstances, it was learned with satisfaction that the various Catholic institutions in Iraq continue to perform their activities of assisting those populations. To contribute to this work of solidarity even the Apostolic Nunciature, headed by Archbishop Fernando Filoni, will remain open in this period in its office in Baghdad.

I have noticed a penchant of some conservative Catholic journalism sources to be critical of things they report. When it comes to the Church Scandal or the War, if the topic includes a bishop or the Pope, the statement is either not to be trusted, believed, or is just too little too late.

Domenico Bettinelli who is an editor for Catholic World News, paints such a black and white picture. The Vatican Statement places no blame, but Bettinelli is quick to assign blame. I am grateful that the Vatican has expressed these feelings, and no one can really argue with the emotion.

War is an objective evil. No one is assigning subjective guilt here, but the fact that we have had to resort to violence is clearly evil at work in our world. Yes, Saddam bears a heavy responsibility. But so do we. The path to negotiations was interrupted. No it is not entirely our fault, but negotiations are a two way street. Yes I agree that the French bear some responsibility for this. But so do we. I do not think that the answers are all that clear. My main objection is that Bettinelli paints the picture in such stark, black and white terms, assigning blame so definitively. Gasparian humility calls us to further reflection and truth in this matter.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 12:53 PM link
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A Time for Prayer

This might be appropriate again:
Mass for the Gift of Tears
Scroll down a bit to the second Mass listed.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 12:15 PM link
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CPPS Prayer
for Our World in Time of War

All powerful and ever-living God,
at every moment and in every place
you are near to those who call upon Your name in faith.

In a world torn by war, strife and discord,
you make us ready for reconciliation
through the Precious Blood of Your Son.

Look with mercy on all who are engaged in battle.
Be their constant companion and their refuge in every adversity.

Relieve the sufferings of the innocent victims of war;
grant them peace of mind, healing of body, and
renewed faith in your protection and care.

With the help of the Holy Spirit,
may all people learn to work together
for that justice which brings true and lasting peace.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:59 AM link
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