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, December 02, 2003
Packing up the computer.....I have an afternoon flight to Chicago.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 1:24 PM link
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First Tuesday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 10:21-24

The wolf shall be a guest of the lamb…with a little child to lead them. Isaiah 11:6

The more we accept our own pain with peace and joy, the more compassionate we will be in ministering to others… helping them to accept in hope the healing and life-giving value of their cross. Constitution of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, page 20.

Today we see violence within and without, all around; dare we continue to dream of peace this Advent? Our ASC Constitution encourages us: Naming and peacefully accepting personal pain will result in our becoming compassionate, which automatically brings others the life-giving hope of shared experience. Isaiah brings together opposites in his dream of a world where ancient enemies like the wolf and the lamb, the victor and victim, abide together side by side. For what kind of opposites can we envision a reconciliation? In the liturgy we pray for “peace in our day”; can we act upon that prayer? Let us begin!

While journaling, complete these two sentences: “When I _______(name a negative quality), I am a “big bad wolf”,” and “When I _________ (name the positive), I am a “gentle lamb.” Invite God to reconcile any conflicts of wolf and lamb, and send you someone with whom you can share your story. Journal, describing what happened/how you feel.

Reflection by: Trish McConnell, ASC Novice (American Province)

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