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, May 26, 2003
Under the Gun

I am sitting here in the airport lounge at San Francisco International Airport waiting for the red-eye to Chicago. I will arrive in the morning around 5:00am, celebrate Eucharist for the men at the formation house about 7:00am, host the Warrenville planning meeting at 9:00am, unpack and repack in the afternoon, Vespers at 5:00pm followed by dinner. I imagine that on limited sleep I will be in bed early, and then on Wednesday will be off to the airport for a return trip to the west, this time to Oakland.

This formators school I will be attending this summer has informed me that I am to deliver three separate papers to this international assembly. Each paper is to be about 3000 words and has to be be in typed form for the translators. Since between now and the end of June, three days is the longest duration of time I will be at home, most of this work must be written on the road. I have to get a newsletter out, and there are preparation for the June assembly that need to happen. Plus there are the preparations for the celebration of my NIftieth (ahem.... 50th) birthday that will take place as soon as I return from Europe at the end of August. This is all over and above my regular full time job.

Okay, I am feeling a bit under the gun, but it looks like I will have to be doing lots of work while I am on each of these road trips.

If this posts to the blog then there are wonders my cell phone has that I am just discovering.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:59 PM link
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Merlini on Maria

Thanks to Sr. Mary Kevin Rooney, ASC who provided the text and Fr. Milton Ballor, CPPS who scanned it in, we have the text of
Venerable Merlini's homily for the funeral of St. Maria De Mattias. This homily is apparently not published in any collection yet. You need an Acrobat reader to read the document.

Yet you need only recall what she said, what she did, and you will find a woman of talent and genius, of charity and sweetness, strong and kind, wise and alert, joyous friendly and lively, compassionate and loving; simple as a dove, prudent as a serpent, accurate in judgment; sensible, just in her principles, comely. In a word, you will find in her a mixture of qualities that will delight and charm you.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:58 AM link
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Blogger has been slow, very slow lately. I can reach a website on the other side of the globe faster than I can reach my own blog or anybody else's on Blogger. I have been meaning to post some longer texts, but have been waiting for whatever is afflicting Blogger to to be over. This is mainly a test post to see if I can get this to work.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:18 AM link
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