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, December 08, 2003

It was at the Church of San Nicola in Carcere in Rome, December 8, 1808, where the beginnings of our community can be traced. We were founded by St. Gaspar del Bufalo at San Felice in Giano on August 15, 1815, but before that Msgr. Francesco Albertini invited the newly ordained priest Gaspare del Bufalo to preach the inaugural sermon at the foundation of the ArchConfraternity of the Precious Blood. Msgr. Albertini and Gaspar were imprisoned together by Napoleon and it was during that time the dreaming about the community of priests began.

Today's Precious Blood Companions and members of the Unio Sanguis Christi and our lay associates and partners around the world celebrate this day as the beginning.

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings: Genesis 3: 9-15, 20; Ephesians 1: 3-6, 11-12; Luke 1: 26-38

Perhaps the greatest line the scriptures is Mary's response to the Angel: "You see before you God's servant, let it happen to me as you have said." It does not get any more clear than this. Mary is putting her whole life on the line, even though she is not sure what the implications of her response will be. Her faith is unwavering, it is total. The line is so powerful because it was said by a human being, not by God or Jesus. And it can remind us of the best of our human condition. We too can move in that direction. We can approach Mary's response, by giving our life to the Lord.

Fr. Paul Sattler, CPPS, of the Kansas City Province, loves to quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his sermons. You will have to ask him why. But Bonhoeffer was a German minister and theologian who traded places with another German in the concentration camps during the Second World War. He traded places knowing he would die and the other man live. He laid his life on the line, as Mary was doing in Luke's gospel. My young 24 year old nephew would say, "Bring it on." In saying this, he follows Mary's wise words two thousand years ago.

We pray that Mary's words will give us insight for our own "Yes" to the Lord. Amen.

Reflection by: Rev. James Urbanic, C.PP.S. (Kansas City Province)

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Modern Communication

OK, it has come to this!!! Steve Dos Santos CPPS and Jeff Keyes CPPS engage in an on-line conversation

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