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.

Friday, December 12, 2003

To Cleveland

I will be in Cleveland this weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. They have not told me yet which Mass I have. The Deacon, Jeffrey Kirch, CPPS will be preaching.

Last time I was there I did not have any Internet access so do not expect to be blogging until Monday, or late Sunday night. This means I cannot post the PBLC Advent reflections. Click on the Advent banner above and you will find the Advent File. You will have to scroll down to that day's reflection.

I am sending the Newsletter to the printer on Monday. If you take a look at it and find any typos, let me know.

BTW, Happy Feast of Guadalupe.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:06 AM link
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Second Friday of Advent
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Readings: Revelation 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab; Luke 1:39-47

“And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43)

Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Church celebrates Mary as the patroness of the Americas. In 1531 she appeared to Juan Diego (in Nahuatl, Cuahtlatohuac), a very poor Aztec convert. She spoke to him gently in his native Nahuatl language, and said that he should tell the Bishop to build a church on that spot, Tepayac Hill. “I am the Mother of all who dwell in this land,” she told him. The Bishop did not believe Juan Diego’s story and demanded proof. During her fourth appearance to him the Virgin told Juan Diego to go up the hill and pick some roses. Juan Diego then took the roses to the bishop, and as he let the roses fall from his tilma ( a type of poncho), the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared on it.

She came to the poor and spoke to and for the oppressed. She gave faith, hope and love to a conquered and suffering people. This is precisely where we who listen to the cry of blood are called. If we rest in our strength and our own power and abilities we often indicate to God that we do not need him. If we face our weakness, entering our deserts where, with Mary, we have “a place prepared by God” then we too can sing "Now have salvation and power come.”

Why did the Mother of God appear to an illiterate, insignificant and poor Indian?
Have I searched for God in my weakness and brokenness?
What voices today are disbelieved in the places of power? How can I be their voice?

Reflection by: Rev. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. (Province of the Pacific) and Rosa Maria Escobar, (Precious Blood Companion)

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 8:35 AM link
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Cup and Cross

I have spent the last five days trying to get the next "Cup and Cross" out. I want it to got to the printer by the 15th. There is still some editing to do, and I have already found one mistake to correct, but take a look at it and tell me what you think. It is a double issue, so it is a bit big and may need high speed internet. The pdf file is 7mb.

here is the first draft.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 12:51 AM link
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