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, August 03, 2003

Precious Blood missionaries, priests and brothers, from 15 countries gathered together to celebrate the Eucharist in the fourth century crypt chapel of the Abbey of San Felice in the Umbrian hills in Italy. It was in this place in 1815 that St. Gaspar del Bufalo gathered with the first members of the institute to begin the missionary work. We gathered here for a week long retreat to "drink from the well" of our founder's spirit and charism. It can only be described as a precious, extraordinary, privleged moment.




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Imagine a simple, multi-arched, fourth century crypt chapel. I will try to post a picture. There were nearly 30 men, CPPS priests and brothers gathered in a circle in the early hours of the morning. A simple ancient "Alleluia" was begun, then the first verse of the song was chanted in English, followed again by the refrain. The rest of the verses were sung punctuated by the refrain, each verse in a different language.

Polish
Portuguese
Italian
Swahili
Vietnamese
German
Croatian
Spanish
Tamil


Then we all sang the "Gloria Patri" together in Latin.

The reading was proclaimed in Portuguese, having been printed in four other languages in the program. The intercessions were in the various languages, each concluded with "te rogamus audi nos." We sang the "Our Father" in Latin and then the closing prayer and blessing were in English.

This was one of the cherished moments on the retreat and there were many other such moments like it.

To have spent five weeks in this midst of these brothers was a unique and privleged moment. We could not all speak each other language but bonds were formed none the less.

Today, laundry and packing. Tonight we celebrate Bro. Jerry Schulte's Birthday with a vestive meal in one of the nice Roman restaurants. Tomorrow I fly to Ireland for two weeks vacation.




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