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, January 08, 2004
I won't be blogging for a couple of days. Here are a couple of lines from the new book, Our Daily Companion, to tide you over until I return. The number in parentheses is the letter number from St. Gaspar's letters.

January 9
Place yourself in a state of silence. Do nothing, but only listen to the voice of God. (1451)

January 10
Do not fail to ground yourself evermore firmly through prayer and humility, the sources of every good work. (1720)

January 11
With regard to the grace that you desire, go ahead and ask for it without anxiety, with holy abandonment to God's will, as well as with perseverance. (1997)

January 12
Everything is brought to maturity through prayer. (2981)

January 12 is the anniversary of the death of Venerable John Merlini in 1873). Click
here to learn more about this friend of St. Gaspar who was our Third General and who was St. Maria de Mattias' spiritual director up to her death.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 10:32 PM link
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Baptism of the Lord

This is one of my favorite feasts, and I will be doing one of my favorite things. I will be away at a Retrouvaille weekend. Please pray for the couples. The Computer stays in Chicago. I will be back to blogging Monday night.

Prayer from the Byzantine liturgy:

"Today heaven and earth rejoice, watching the Lord being baptized and drowning in the water the great load of our sins. The human soul is illuminated because, delivered from the shadow of sin, she puts on a divine and incorruptible garment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Christ, announced by the law and the prophets, comes to regenerate us in his divine baptism. You are a mighty torrent, you who have created the sea and the water springs; you come to these waters to wash us yourself, who are to everyone cleanliness and purification. You are a gulf of truth, O Christ! You, the undefiled water source! How could the Jordan hold you? You are the sun that knows no twilight! You have illuminated your sacred flesh as a torch in the midst of the Jordan. You have found our image soiled with passion and sin, and have washed it through your baptism.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 8:51 PM link
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Snow is expected tonight, but I have been snowed under for a couple of days. I leave in the morning for a Retrouvaille in the Gaylord, MI Diocese.

Prayers requested for the couples, for the team, and for me too. I may explode the next time one of these seminarians infers that I do little work.....

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 4:10 PM link
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