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.

Friday, July 18, 2003
It has been hot here, but a very rich experience. Yesterday morning I led morning prayer and we chanted the psalm in 12 languages. The refrain was in Hebrew (Alleluia) and I sang the first verse in English. That was followed by Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, German, Italian, Croation, Tamil, Vietnamese, and then we all sang the Gloria Patri together in Latin.

Tomorrow I give my third paper, describing how Precious Blood Spirituality has been realized in the American Context. We will also hear from Latin America and Asia. Today was Poland, Italy and Spain reporting.

Blood is a very rich and important sign. It is life itself, and the Precious Blood of Jesus is life for us. It is a very active element of the human person and so it is for our spirituality. We are called to be constantly on the move for the sake of the Gospel. This is why John Paul II has called the Spirituality of the Precious Blood the very "heart of the Christian life.

I have been slow at blogging, but the days have been full and tiring. Listening all day to these very many languages can be very tiring and often I go to bed absolutely exhausted. Yesterday was a tension producing day mainly because I was presiding at the Eucharist and preaching before a community of my peers from 15 countries. I am not used to preaching with such a slow measured pace as my words are simultaneously translated into Italian and Polish and Spanish.

I led the community in one Traditional English Hymn (Thanks Maureen), and then we did some of the rest in Latin and Spanish. The Mozarabic Alleluia was a treat for many who had not heard it before. One priest from Peru described me afterwards as an "artist." It was quite a compliment.

Now I have to get started on preparing the liturgies for August 1st. Any suggestions, anyone? One treat will be that the liturgies that day will be celebrated in San Felice in Giano, the cradle of of our community. Hearing the 30 of us chant the liturgy in that 4th century stone chapel will be a sound and experience that can never be repeated.

Last night we had a free evening and a few of us visited some of the Gaspar sites again. In the Piazza San Ignazio there is a little Ristorante. The Church of San Ignazio is connected to the Collegio Romano where Gaspar went to school and it is a church where we worked as a young boy. Often the Piazza hosts concerts from military bands here in Italy. We had enjoyed dinner there a few years ago while enjoying such a concert. Well, last night the experience was repeated. What a delight!

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