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, April 13, 2003
Passion Sunday

The Readings
Mark 11:1-10 Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord
Isaiah 50:4 7 Third Song of Suffering Servant: The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced. I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
Psalm 22, My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Phil 2:6 11, Though he was in the form of God he did not look on equality with God as something to be exploited.
Mark 14:1-15:47, The Passion according to Mark

St. Gaspar del Bufalo:
"Especially in certain cases, we do everything if we pray and we suffer and if we remain silent. So, any thought that might be productive of anguish is dissipated. God is a God of Peace; yes, in bitter things, even the extremely bitter things: "Ecce in pace amaritudo mea amarissima." So, put aside any feelings of depression; let us joyfully carry the Cross, let us live by the Cross, let us die with the Cross."
"Ecce in pace" appears to be a quote from Isaiah 38:17(Vulgate) "ecce in pace amaritudo mea amarissima tu autem eruisti animam meam ut non periret proiecisti post tergum tuum omnia peccata mea" Isaiah 38:17 (Douay). Behold in peace is my bitterness most bitter: but thou hast delivered my soul that it should not perish, thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

"While praying one day and while contemplating the Crucifix, it seemed that I heard these words: "Look, my son, at my divine Blood. Through sufferings, I poured it out and through sufferings will its adoration be promoted." Humankind shudders at the word suffering, but it is nevertheless necessary for one to learn to carry the Cross."

For St. Gaspar the cross was the only book we would need. Here alone one learns the lessons of love, not in formulas, prayers, or sermons (or even internet reflections), but in a life given. The cross is the chair of truth. Here we see truly humankind at its worst, crucifying the innocent one. Here, too, we see humanity at its best, in a faithful life given for others. This mystical ladder to heaven can truly only be lived, not understood. And if it is understood, it can only be grasped by one who has loved, and has struggled to love.

Our God is not an abstraction found in the pages of a book. Our God is found in this person, Jesus. God has become one with us, has experienced our pain, our wants and our disappointments. God's love is to be lived in all its frustrating difficulty by the followers of Jesus. We know that only in giving, completely, and selflessly as Jesus does, do we gain life itself. With St. Gaspar we say over and over, "Superabundo gaudio in omni tribulatione." I exceedingly abound with joy in all our tribulation. (2 Cor. 7:4)

- Can I describe any tragedies or struggles that brought life?
- Whom do I struggle to love?
- What would I need so as to let go of understanding in order to take hold of living?

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 3:53 PM link
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Wonderful Concert

I attended a delightful concert this evening.

Karl, who is also a graphic designer and web designer designed the new logo for Cup and Cross, The newsletter for the Pacific Province of the Precious Blood Community.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 12:06 AM link
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