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 09, 2003
Spiritual Writings

St. Gaspar del Bufalo had some other Spiritual Writings. I have four volumes sitting here published in Italian, but unfortunately I do not read Italian. Slowly but surely some of these documents are being translated. Whenever I think of these things I wonder what we would do without someone like Fr. Ray Cera, CPPS. Without his tireless work we would not have all these letters of St. Gaspar in English. Without Fr. Milton Ballor, CPPS doing all the scanning, we would not have all these letters on disk. I am slowly but surely putting them on the web, doing just a little bit each night.

Tonight I uploaded a little treatise by St. Gaspar titled, In omnibus divites factis in Illo. To access this document go
here. Click on the documents tab.

The treatise is based on the text of 1 Cor. 1:5: "In everything you have been enriched in him."

It is great spiritual reading.

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Fr. Bill O'Donnell

Fr. Bill O'Donnell of the Oakland Diocese passed away suddenly at his home in Berkeley. I will always remember him as a kind and gentle man with a strong and steady compass.

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Second Tuesday in Advent
Readings: Isaiah 40: 1-11; Matthew 18: 12-14

“Comfort, give comfort to my people says your God…Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.” Isaiah 40:1, 11 NAB

One of the most comforting, loving, peaceful experiences is to be held by someone who loves you unconditionally. A similar experience is to hold another during a time of suffering or rejoicing. When Isaiah describes the shepherd carrying the lambs this is an experience of peace, love and comfort for the shepherd and the lamb. When we invite God into our lives we experience this loving presence, too. This presence of God is all around us and the people in our lives make God’s presence tangible.

Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep in the gospel of Matthew continues to talk about Gods’ unconditional love and presence to us even when we have strayed. Jesus takes this beyond words and makes it his mission. Jesus seeks out to the ‘little ones’ who have strayed and brings them back into right relationship with God and the community. Jesus pours out his precious blood in His mission of love and reconciliation so that no ‘little one’ will be lost. Our call as the body of Christ is to be witnesses to Christ’s adoring, redeeming love, of which Jesus’ blood was shed, to be vibrant sign and unending covenant pledge to all especially the little ones who have gone astray.

Where have you experienced the comforting, loving, peaceful presence of God?
How can you bring this presence of Christ’s adoring, redeeming love to another?
Where will you continue Jesus' mission by reaching out to the ‘little ones’?

Reflection by: Michelle Woodruff, ASC Novice (American Province)

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