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.

Thursday, December 04, 2003
Press Release

"One Name, A Thousand Voices," is the title of our third Precious Blood Congress being held at the University of Dayton, August 1 - 4, 2005. The members of our various communities, our companions, associates, partners, amici and friends are all invited to an experience celebrating the reality of our Precious Blood Spirituality. Our thousand voices will lift all in need of Jesus' healing presence.

In the opening ritual, Maria de Mattias, Gaspar del Bufalo, Maria Anna Brunner and Theresa Weber will reflect upon the power and significance of the Precious Blood in their lives in relationship to the founding of their religious communities. Perhaps they will traverse time to celebrate the power and significance of that same Precious Blood in the lives of their counterparts who minister in the twenty-first century.

In addition to prominent keynote presenters, appropriate processes, meaningful prayer and delightful socials, there will be "Faith" Kiosks that will suggest creative ways to share our Precious Blood heritage. Reserve the time now and plan to attend this unique Congress. Pre-registration will begin in August, 2004, at the time of the Precious Blood Retreat in Rensselaer, Indiana.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:21 PM link
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Rorate Caeli

Todd Flowerday is doing some advent meditations on his favorite Advent music, I thought I would sing one of my favorites that probably will not make his list. It really should not matter that it is in Latin, but that is why most choirs skip it. There is not really a good English rendition of this song, although I have posted the best I can do in Latin translation. This should be sung every year. the melody and the meaning of the words will sink into our bones over time and it will become prayer. The text and the spirit of the song are vintage Advent. I was chanting this in the Province Center last weekend and Fr. Marvin Steffes CPPS began a reflection of his favorite Advent memories. The text and the tune communicated the spirit of Advent to him. It would be a pity if we lost this one.

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R./ Drop down dew. ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just One.

1.Be not angry. O Lord, and remember no longer our iniquity: behold, the city of the Holy One is become a desert: Zion is become a desert: Jerusalem is desolate: the house of your sanctification and of your glory, where our fathers praised you.

2.We have sinned and are become as one that is unclean: and we have all fallen as a leaf, and our iniquities like the wind have carried us away: you have hidden your face from us, and have crushed us in our iniquity.

3.Behold, O Lord, the affliction of your people, and send forth him who is to come: send forth the Lamb, the ruler of the earth, from the rock of the desert, to the mount of the daughter of Zion: that he may take away the yoke of our captivity.

4.Be consoled, be consoled, O my people: quickly comes your salvation. Why are you consumed with sorrow, so that grief has transformed you? I will save you, do not be afraid. I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your redeemer.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 4:19 PM link
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First Thursday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 26:1-6; Matthew 7: 21, 24-27

Lord, in today’s readings You remind me to check out what foundations I have built my “house” on. Justice, the righteousness that is right relationship, peace and humility are the solid rock of Your Divine goodness. It’s so easy, though, to build on the “fast” foundation, on sands of self-righteousness, blame and arrogance disguised as conviction, certitude and orthodoxy. You’re pretty clear about what happens to those whose words are not followed by action, whose actions do not build on belief in You.

Being in right relationship with You, with others, with the earth keeps me from the arrogance of easy discipleship. You shed Your Blood both to accomplish the re-ordering made necessary by the sinfulness of the human family and to remind and strengthen us in keeping those relationships aligned. It is not unlike the spokes of a wheel which when set properly in the hub, are aligned with each other. Centered in You, my relationships with others and all Your creation will be right.

The readings point to the virtue of humility as part of that foundation. Sometimes when I experience speaking the truth as I have come to understand it, I can too easily allow arrogance to slip in. I can begin to judge others, to blame them for not bowing at communion or for genuflecting instead, for not recycling or for being a fanatic about it, for missing Mass or for saying the rosary during it. I can become fixated on small things and fail to recognize You in all of them. In the end I realize that I can never really comprehend the fullness of Your truth.

Lord, help me build on You as foundation, not only the house of my life, but also the house that is my Community, my family, my Church and my country. May we exist in right relationship and with the humility necessary to make it all work.

Reflection by: Sr. Joyce Lehman, C.PP.S. (Dayton C.PP.S.)

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