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.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Advent Hymns

There is an amazing beauty to Advent music. The texts are so powerful and the music is so evocative. My favorites are in this order:

Creator Alme Siderum
Rorate Caeli
The "O" Antiphons
O Come, O Come Emmanuel

I took the picture above this past summer. It is a psalter published in the late 1700's just sitting in a cupboard in the old sacristy at the Abbey San Felice in Giano del Umbria, Italy. This is the house given to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood by Pius VII in 1815 and which serves as our birthplace. I notice that the latin text is a bit different from the one in my books and that the tune is just a shade different as well. I will sing on audblog the tune as it is in this book, a book St. Gaspar more than likely used, and it really belongs under glass in a museum, and not gathering dust in a cupboard.

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What's a Companion?

This is a perennial question. There are many answers, probably as many answers as we have companions. The truth is that we need companions. Gaspar never saw his mission as an individual endeavor. Probably the best people to ask would be regular Gasparian commenters Maureen and Peggy.

I just added the Companion Guidelines for the Province of the Pacific to our
Province website. Click on the Documents tab.

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Second Wednesday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 40: 25-31; Matthew 11: 28-30

Fr. Raymond Cera, CPPS (Cincinnati Province), has translated thousands of St. Gaspar del Bufalo’s letters. He knows well the times in which our founder lived describing the country then as a seething pot of vice, with all sorts of immoralities; robberies, beatings, rapes end so on. Sitting here in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago, in the midst of violence similar to that in Gaspar’s day, I long for the coming of the Messiah.

We all find ourselves living in a world, a country, a neighborhood too used to violence. A father and son were murdered in their sleep last week just blocks from our apartment; “men faint and grow weary” and “youths stagger and fall.” Advent yearning is real year round where Isaiah’s words paint clearly the everyday trials of the weary and those who grow faint.

Responding to the chaos and retaliation of his times, Gaspar wrote, “For goodness sake, put some order in this whole business!” St. Maria de Mattias, during that same troubled era called for a “beautiful order of things.” Gaspar and Maria proclaimed that it would take the power of the redeeming Blood of Jesus to begin to bring order to their fallen times. Such a cry of the blood echoes down to our day.

Advent perks up our awareness that our spirituality is incarnate! Precious Blood People walk by a spirituality that is grounded in the realities of daily life. We are called to a tangible response to the cry of the blood. The birth of the Truly Human One who poured out blood for us invites us now to share in divinity and pour out our blood for one another. This is the beautiful order into which Gaspar and Maria and the holy season of Advent invites us to enter. Then the weary will run and not grow faint, they shall soar as with eagle’s wings.

Does Advent invite me to pray: Come into my life, Incarnate Blood of Peace!

Reflection by: Rev. Denny Kinderman, C.PP.S. (Cincinnati Province)
Fr. Denny is part of the PBMR, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago

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