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 18, 2003
The "O" Antiphons

Some of the most beautiful music in the old Liber is is danger of slipping away if we do not use it and remember it. I am not a monk, but that does not mean I should not form a community wanting and able to sing the hours when they are together. The problem is that school is out, we are on break, and so I sing this alone. Next year..... (well, its official, but I will wait to announce it here.)

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posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 4:49 PM link
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More on the Cup

an Email recieved:

Hi, Jeff,
I agree with you about the Communion Cup. I am sorry that we can not use it during this time, one of the most important times of the Church Liturgical year. I mentioned to the Charismatic Masses some years ago when the groups were disturbed about AIDS. I told them that the Lord in His Most Precious Blood, would not let His people contract such illness in receiving Him from the Cup. For me, I believe that this is so with the flu, etc.
Regards and see you next week.

My Provincial told me this morning that he thinks that this is a sign of the second coming, that Fr. Gene and I might agree on something regarding the liturgy.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:36 AM link
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Third Thursday of Advent
Readings: Jeremiah 23: 5-8; Matthew 1: 18-24

Lord, it’s hard to wait on promises to be fulfilled. Like waiting for a friend to lend their copy of the latest best-selling novel, or a colleague to provide crucial materials for completing a project with an impending deadline or countries working toward just and peaceful solutions to conflict. How did Israel ever sustain that sense of expectation over all those years without succumbing to despair or just finally ignoring the whole thing? It seems there was always a faithful remnant that held fast to the promise in the face of all odds. Even today in the explosive situation of the Middle East, Jewish people believe that the country itself is the fulfillment of the promise in today’s reading from Jeremiah.

In Your Incarnation I believe that all the prophetic promises of the Hebrew Scriptures are fulfilled, and I believe that You, as Emmanuel, have both come and remain with us. When Mary and Joseph took the leap of faith to believe in visions and dreams, they followed in the footsteps of their great tradition, one that often went against overwhelming evidence to the contrary to discover the promise being fulfilled in unexpected and surprising ways. The promised king who would rule wisely and with justice and would save Israel would start out in unremarkable surroundings, of unknown parents, in a town where nothing great was ever really expected of its inhabitants. And You reign over a kingdom of divine, not human, boundaries.

Lord, how do I today, keep on believing in the promise of Your Incarnation, in the memorial of bread and wine, Your Body and Blood? So much is not yet accomplished; the coming of Your Kingdom seems interminably delayed. Yet with belief that the Blood You shed for all of us was not shed in vain, it is possible to hope that the world can be governed wisely and with justice and that I can act today, in my small arena of influence, with that same unshakable determination out of which You were finally born into history.

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

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:19 AM link
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