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, October 13, 2003
I had not struggled with a homily this much in years. I knew the 300 plus couples in attendance were the leaders in Retrouvaille across the world, including Australia, Ireland, Italy, South Africa. Self-gift was the topic inspired by the gospel text, but I felt that I would be preaching to the choir on this one. Also the Closing Mass was at the end of the long week-end and I knew that everyone would be very tired.

Late Saturday night, I had already been through three different versions of a homily, but I was still not happy with the result and I ripped up my notes and started again.

At about 12:30am Sunday morning, I took a half sheet of paper and folded it in half. I scribbled a short outline of points I wanted to make, listed two challenges I saw from the Gospel, and went to bed. In the morning I revised it slightly, and stuffed it in my pocket. Whatever happened at the 3:00pm mass was going to be up to God.

Well, it turned out fine, better than I expected. The affirmation from the participants have been a bit overwhelming. Of course, I sang the mass. I'll let the Retrouvaille participants here add their comments.

Tomorrow I leave for Ohio. It is an HRI conference on Racism.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 5:22 PM link
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