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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Wednesday of Holy Week

The Readings
Isaiah 50:4 9 Third Song of the Suffering Servant, I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard.
Psalm 69 Lord, in your great love, answer me.
Matt 26:14 25 One of you is about to betray me.

St. Gaspar del Bufalo:
"Prescinding from the first centuries in the Church, centuries productive of martyrs, in the following epochs which history records for us, we note how one of the other dogma was attacked, how sacred things were subjected to scorn in one or their part of the Catholic world. In our miserable times, the crisis in the people is a general one, with indescribable perversion of basic principles and of proper living so as to hurl an insult at the redemptive act and, through human malice, to frustrate the application of the merits of Jesus Christ who has redeemed us by the price of his Blood. Now, Blessed Father, is it not necessary to rekindle apostolic zeal and follow the inspirations of soul that are so favored by God so that we can revive in the memories of these people the inestimable price of our redemption and attempt to stir them to repentance and to tears? Is it not also a fact that Sacred Scripture itself gives us the steps to take for a reform? Pacificans per Sanguinem Crucis eius sive quae in coelis, sive quae i terris sunt?(1) Do we ourselves not know that Christus dilexit ecclesiam tradidit semetipsum pro ea (2)...acquisivit sanguine suo?(3) Does not Divine Wisdom tell us that justificati in Sanguine salvi erimus ab ira per ipsum?"(4)

okay, this letter deserves a few footnotes. It was written July 29, 1825 to Pope Leo XII. When Gaspar quoted the Scriptures, he quoted the latin vulgate. Normally I translate them, but here I took them from the Vulgate and Douay

Following are what I can find that might be scripture sources Gaspar is quoting from:

(1) Colossians 1:20 (Vulgate) et per eum reconciliare omnia in ipsum pacificans per sanguinem crucis eius sive quae in terris sive quae in caelis sunt
Colossians 1:20 (RSV) and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

(2) Ephesians 5:25 (Vulgate) et Christus dilexit ecclesiam et se ipsum tradidit pro ea
Ephesians 5:25 (RSV) as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

(3)Apoc 1:5 (Vulgate)et ab Iesu Christo qui est testis fidelis primogenitus mortuorum et princeps regum terrae qui dilexit nos et lavit nos a peccatis nostris in sanguine suo
Rev 1:5 (RSV) and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood

(4) Romans 5:9 (Vulgate) Christus pro nobis mortuus est multo igitur magis iustificati nunc in sanguine ipsius salvi erimus ab ira per ipsum
Romans 5:9 (RSV) Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.


The self-centered make the infinite finite. Does human life have a price? Can it be reduced to a few pieces of silver? Judas focuses on himself and his own hope for glory. He says, "How much will you give ME?" St. Gaspar has said that in our own day sacred things would be subjected to scorn. This is as true today as it was in Gaspar's time.

The disciples seem unaware of the impending disaster. They are surprised, yet their focus remains on self. "Not me!" They are unaware because as yet they are not fully involved in Jesus' life and ministry.

This day sets the stage for the celebration of his death and resurrection. It points us to the feast tomorrow and the next day. His betrayal is for us a reminder that we need to seek repentance for those parts in us that still focus on self and ultimately betray what Jesus came for. Gaspar reminds us that the scorn shown for sacred things and for life itself must propel us toward that devotion and spirituality which alone brought us to life. He has made peace through the blood of his cross, he who loved us and gave himself up for us. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood be all glory and honor.

- How focused on myself have I been this Lent?
- How involved am I in his life and ministry?
- How would I celebrate the value of his life?

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:52 PM link
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Lenten Mission

I am doing a modified "parish" mission this week for the students at the Campus Ministry of the University of Chicago. Each night the Campus ministry center is providing dinner for all who come followed by a mission service at 7:00pm. Last night was a marathon: 5:00pm Practice for the Good Friday Passion, 6:00pm dinner, 7:00pm Mission service, 8:00pm Chant Rehearsal.

Fr. Michael Yakaitis, Bro. Michael Barry, OCD, and I will be chanting the Passion on Good Friday.

Today is the Chrism Mass for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:15 AM link
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Tuesday of Holy Week

The Readings
Isaiah 49:1 6 Second Song of the Suffering Servant. I have made you a light of nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth
Psalm 71 I will sing of your salvation
John 13: 21 33, 36 38 I tell you truly, the cock will not crow before you have three times disowned me.

St. Gaspar del Bufalo
The more exalted our ministry, so much the more does the devil interfere with it as he tries to confound us. We will do all with the help of God's grace if, like boulders in the sea, we remain immobile, though assailed by the waves. Let us take bitter things as sweet. It is through trials that one realizes the degree of virtue attained. I am speaking of those trials that one did not plan for, those not chosen or selected; nevertheless, they are to be endured by us. By degrees we must attain to that superabundo gaudio in omni tribulatione. Where the Cross is, there also is the mercy of God. St. Vincent de Paul used to say: "my Congregation would cease to be if a single day would go by without crosses." Jesus was tempted to come down from the cross: ... but, for our instruction, he taught us to remain with the cross and to die on the cross.

Note:Superabundo gaudio in omni tribulatione. This is a passage from 2nd Corinthians 7:4 that Gaspar quotes often. In all tribulations I am filled with joy.

Today we hear a comparison between Judas and Peter. Judas sets out on his quest to force God's hand, and Peter, as hapless as ever, professes his undying devotion. What basically separates Judas and Peter is the difference between a hope for power and a hope for relationship or service.

This is the night of betrayal and denial. "It was night," the gospel proclaims revealing the triumph of darkness as the enemies of Jesus seek to put an end to his influence. Jesus remains the obedient servant. Who he is does not change because of denial and betrayal. His faithfulness is lifelong, and he remains faithful through every trial, dryness and failure.

Gaspar calls us to follow Jesus in this faithfulness. The cross is our inheritance as he has told us many times before. Taking bitter things as sweet we shall remain faithful regardless of the trials life sets before us. It may seem unreasonable to abound with joy in the midst of tribulation as St. Gaspar calls us to. Yet he says that we must come to this gradually. With Peter's hope for relationship and devotion, we shall come through failure and trial to the perfection to which Jesus calls us.

-Where am I seeking to have power?
-How have I wanted to force God's hand?
-How does my devotion compare with Peter's?

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:02 AM link
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