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 22, 2004
St Joseph, Pray for us!

This prayer was written by Ed Gleason, a Retrouvaille husband from San Francisco, California. Ed Gleason was also responsible for having Retrouvaille International name St. Joseph as the patron saint of Retrouvaille.

Based on Matthew 1:18-25

We ask your prayers, St. Joseph, an upright man, a spouse who planned to divorce Mary in secret and who by God's grace was able to see his role in God's plan. We ask you in our behalf to pray to God that our marriage be healed.

We are enveloped in pain and despair as you must have been when you learned of Mary's pregnancy. Be for and with us, Joseph, in our hour of doubt. Let us listen to and heed the voice of God as you did.

Be our intercessor to your Jesus, to give us the blessings to change, to listen, to forgive and most of all to hope that our marriage will heal and our family remain whole and holy.

We give you honor, quiet St. Joseph, for you are a spouse like us, who while knowing pain, did not divorce. By God's grace you nourished the Holy Family and the Savior of all families throughout the ages.


Thanks to Dave & Maria Elena Byron, Oakland team couple and Interim San Francisco coordinators, and the couple who first introduced me to Retrouvaille, for forwarding this prayer.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:38 PM link
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Busy Weekend...

....and lots and lots of prayers are needed.

Each weekend there are five or more Retrouvaille weekends being held in various places around the world. As Priest on the Retrouvaille Coordinating Team, and as International Chaplain, I take it as my very special reponsibility to offer prayer as these weekends begin. This looks like it will be a busy weekend as 16 communities around the continent are offering weekends.

I leave early in the morning for Indianapolis and will be the priest on that team's weekend.

For those new to the blog, Retrouvaille is the Church's best kept secret. There are many who are still unaware of this special treasure the church offers. It is a real privilege to be part of this. For those who complete the weekend and the post program, Retrouvaille is a special gift of healing, and reconciliation for marriages that have become unloving or hurtful.

In many cases there are some deep hurts and misunderstandings. Many couples have never tried to receive each other as they are, never tried to communicate at a deep feeling level. It is sometimes as difficult as a small child learning to ride bike for the first time. It takes practice and perseverance. Bad habits that take years to build do not go away in a weekend, but the weekend is good work well begun and many leave the weekend with a real sense of hope and possibility.

Please commit yourself to prayer for these communities working for healing and reconciliation among hundred's of couples this weekend.

For anyone who exercises ministry,
it is obligatory to pray at all times
for the people entrusted to him by God.

St. Gaspar's letter #1590

Retrouvaille Weekends January 23-25, 2004
Hartford, CT
Indianapolis, IN
Herndon, VA
Phoenix, AZ
Parsippany, NJ
Bakersfield, CA
Seattle, WA
Raleigh, NC
St. Cloud, MN
Prince George, British Columbia
Birmingham, AL
Buffalo, NY
St. Louis, MO
Toronto, Ontario
Orlando, FL
Austin, TX

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:27 PM link
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