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.

Sunday, March 30, 2003
Monday of the Fourth Week

The Readings
Isaiah 65:17 21 I create a new heavens and a new earth
Psalm 30 I will praise you Lord for you have rescued me
John 4:43 54 Go, your son will live. Jesus heals the court official's son.

St. Gaspar
Let us, therefore, pray for one another and put all our trials in the wounds of the crucified Jesus. There we shall find a healing remedy --- consolation, encouragement and salvation. Let us sincerely love our Society "with the holy kiss" so that "we too might live a new life." But above all, let us continually watch that the enemy does not deceive us: and may "the peace of God which is so much greater than we can understand, guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. "

"With regard to your soul, I say, in the first place, that God is leading you along the royal path of the Cross in your particular station of life with both internal and external sufferings. ... It is now a winter season ..-. but eventually that lovable spring will arrive which will enable us to breathe again in the fatherland of the saints. Oh how we are comforted in our souls by the mysteries of the Resurrection! Yes, please pray that I too may truly be risen with Jesus, that is to say, to a new life and to an eager pursuit of holiness.”


Reflection
Lent moves into a new depth. The Gospel of John is read from Monday of the fourth week of Lent through Tuesday of Holy Week, focusing on the needs of those who are preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil, and those who are preparing to renew the vows of their baptism at Easter.

In this the second of his signs, Jesus reveals that he is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The reference to Cana reminds us of the life and joy at that feast and the wine of the new covenant. Jesus challenges us not to focus on sign and wonders but on the faith in his word. The Royal official believed not in the signs and wonders, but in Jesus as the source of life and goes on his way grounded in that faith. That he and his entire family became believers is a source of inspiration for those who are also being initiated in the faith.

St. Gaspar leads us on this same way, through faith in the mysteries of Jesus' cross and his word to the springtime of our own participation in the resurrection. He prays that the enemy may not deceive us with a dependence on signs and wonders, but Gaspar draws us to the wounds of Jesus so that we too may come to the fullness of life in Christ.

• What signs and wonders do I depend on for faith?
• In what ways do I prepare to renew the vows of my baptism?
• What royal path is God leading me on this lent?




posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:29 PM link
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Next Mission

Well, I am all unpacked and ready to start packing again. The Next Parish Mission begins this Sunday, April 6 at
St. Bede Parish in La Cañada, CA

Again our Mission is titled
I Will Renew With You the Everlasting Covenant

I will be team preaching with Sr. Antonia Longo, ASC. She is former Superior of the Columbia Province for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, and now serves as Formation Director for the Temporarily Professed for the Adorers USA Province.

Here is our Mission Logo



The mission logo includes the Cup and Cross from the CPPS community and the Heart from the ASC community.



posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:16 PM link
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Hospitality in Exile

A fellow blogger was searching the sites of some of the Oratorian communities around the world, and on one such site from Italy she found the following notice:

1811
San Gaspare del Bufalo viene ospitato dai Padri per alcuni mesi.

which is roughly translated: St. Gaspar del Bufalo received the hospitality of the Fathers for many months

Because he would not pronounce the oath of allegiance to Napoleon, Gaspar was exiled from Rome in 1810. Bologna was one of the places he found refuge before finally being imprisoned. Gaspar was freed from prison in 1814 and our community was founded August 15, 1815.

For me some of the most profound letters of St. Gaspar are the ones written from 1810-1814. That in such dire circumstances he could write such strong letters of joy and faith is a great example and inspiration.

Fr. Cera, would you be so kind as to correct my rough Italian translation?



posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 3:00 PM link
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Fourth Sunday of Lent (B)

The Readings
2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23 Early and often did the LORD send his messengers.
Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6, Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
Eph 2:4-10 God is rich in mercy
Jn 3:14-21 God so loved the world, he sent his only Son

St Gaspar Del Bufalo
So get rid of all the old yeast" (I Cor 5:7). ... Let your armor be the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 13:14.) Woe to us if love of our own convenience, if insubordination, unfaithfulness to our good resolutions, or of leading a life of the spirit should make us guilty before God! Truly, our Society will progress the more happily in proportion to our becoming men of the spirit. Despite the suffering and hardships, which are always present, the enemy shall never triumph. For it is when I am weak that I am strong. (2 Cor 12:10.) ... Those who seek The Lord lack nothing good. (Ps 34:10.) Through the goodness of our most loving Father, we shall indeed see in ourselves continuous miracles of grace. He has loved and still loves us dearly. He tenderly shows us his Sacred Heart as a sweet asylum for souls thirsting for Jesus Christ. Could it be possible that we custodians and dispensers of the heavenly treasurers be deprived of the riches which adorned the daughters of Sion? Indeed, neither the place where we live nor the insignia we wear form the essentials of holiness. On the contrary, a holy life, desire for perfection, thirst for the love of God, confidence in him, willingness to bear cheerfully all sacrifices for his sake, these are the qualities that make us saints. Father P. Segneri, Sr., says that people usually revere and venerate us. But, it is one thing to appear as a saint outwardly, and another, to be one in reality. It is not the man who commends himself that can be accepted, but the, man who is commended by the Lord. (2 Cor 10:18). If, until now, we have not seen a greater triumph of the divine glory in the work that we have done, we must attribute the insufficiency to ourselves, for our words did not flow from a truly contrite heart, or at least, not adequately contrite, at the feet of the Crucified.

Reflection

"Early and often," sometimes sounds like old-time Chicago voting habits. In today’s first reading it describes our God’s relentless pursuit of us in spite of mocked messengers, despised warnings, and abused prophets. God is faithful. In the end he sent his Son. God so loved the world, he sent his only Son, but is the world ready to listen? Nicodemus comes to him at night, afraid that me might ruin his reputation. Later he speaks up for him in the Sanhedrin and bears some abuse. Finally Nicodemus provides for Jesus’ burial. Slowly but surely Nicodemus comes to identify with Jesus.

There are two kinds of responses to Jesus and his love. We may fear the dangerous world and develop a fortress mentality, or we may join with him in his mission to the world, never being upset by failure. God has come to us from the beginning, and has often sent his messengers to us to show us how much we are loved. We are, with Nicodemus, slowly moving toward the light. God sent his Son to love, not to condemn. WE still often condem ourselves. Early and often, then, we must resort to prayer, to doing the truth, and to observing the Lenten practices. St. Gaspar provides the encouragement for today that in spite of past failures we can still hope in as merciful God.

• In what ways do I identify with Jesus?
• How might I better respond to God’s desires?
• How might I moved ever more confidently to the light?




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