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.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004
February 4th
Solemnity of
Saint Maria De Mattias

Maria De Mattias was won over in the depths of her spirit by the mystery of the Cross and founded the Institute of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ "under the emblem of the Divine Blood". Love for Jesus crucified was expressed in her in passion for souls and in humble devotion to her brothers and sisters, her "beloved neighbour", as she liked to say. "Let us encourage one another", she urged, "to suffer willingly out of love of Jesus who with such great love shed his blood for us. Let us work hard to win souls for heaven".

St. Maria De Mattias entrusts this message to her spiritual sons and daughters today, spurring all to follow the Lamb who gave himself in sacrifice for us, even to the point of giving up their life.

Pope John Paul II, Homily at Maria's canonization, May 18, 2003

Maria's Canticle

The Vatican calls her a preacher.

This was the Mass for her last year,
but she was canonized last May
and a new set of Mass texts have recently been approved.
You can find them here.

The story of her life

Feb 4th is the 199th anniversary of her birth.

From the Office of Readings

More on her life

Venerable John Merlini on Saint Maria De Mattias

The tomb of Maria de Mattias

at her canonization

Yours truly at Maria's canonization, May 18th, 2003

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 8:44 PM link
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" that the divine Will be done." 1841

"Let's not neglect holy prayer since of ourselves we are unable to do anything good without the help of divine grace." 1846

"Often tell Jesus that you love him very much, and that you wish to die for love of him. Behold our love, Jesus; behold our life, Jesus; behold our all, Jesus. Let us accompany Jesus in all his ways. When we are alone, let it be with Jesus in the solitude of Bethlehem when we are traveling, let us think that we are with Jesus in Palestine or on the way to Calvary; when we are lashed by biting criticisms, behold us scourged with Jesus; when we are fixed to the cross, behold we are crucified with Jesus.

Always, always with Jesus: God always in view, Jesus in practice, our life in sacrifice.

With Jesus let us think, with Jesus let us speak; let us labor with Jesus, let us rest with Jesus; with Jesus let us weep, with Jesus let us keep silence; let us pray with Jesus; with Jesus let us live, with Jesus let us die. May Jesus live in our minds. May Jesus live on our tongues. May Jesus live in our hearts. May Jesus live in our souls. May Jesus live at all times. May Jesus live in all places. May Jesus live in all hearts. Yes, let us always say: May Jesus live!" 1850

" tranquility of spirit rest lovingly in the wounded side of Jesus, and do not be anxious about your soul, but preserve interior calm by kissing that loving Wound and pressing to your heart so dear a Good." 1852

"Let us often look toward Jesus on the Cross and let his teachings sink into our hearts." 1852

"Let us confide also in Mary most holy, our dear Mother." 1853

"...let us summon our spirit to union with God, in whom we shall find the person of His most holy Son given to us with infinite love, clothed with human flesh and covered with wounds and blood, inviting us to contemplate him with fixed attention so that our hearts might respond to the delicacy of his most tender love...let us ask for the grace to love him." 1855

"...let's not ever neglect the offering of the precious blood to the eternal divine Father for the present needs of holy church, for the conversion of poor sinners, and for the blessed souls in purgatory." 1855

"...we should offer our prayers for the salvation of souls." 1856

"Let us pray with confidence in Jesus Christ and in His Blood, which is the means of our salvation." 1857

"Remember to be very devoted to Mary most holy; be persevering in often invoking her with confidence; tell her to enkindle your heart with love for Jesus." 1856

"Much prayer." 1857

"I exhort you to speak little and to pray very much." 1859

"...make the intention to beg the Lord that the whole world may become Catholic, that there be one fold and one Shepherd, and that all may experience the fruits of the Precious Blood from which flow the blessings of true peace." 1860

"Let us pray very much for the Church and ardently love Jesus, who founded it with his Precious Blood...Let us pray, let us pray, let us pray." (No date)

"By silence and prayer we will come to understand much better the preciousness of the cross, made sacred by the precious blood of Cross." 1863

"The Cross is always dear to those who truly love Jesus. Whoever love the Cross gives a sure sign that she holds in her heart a genuine love for Jesus. My dear, let us never move away from the Cross, for this is the key to the treasures of heaven. This is the gate of Paradise." 1847

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 7:57 PM link
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