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 24, 2004

Forty Days with the Cross of Christ
and the
Daily Mass Readings for the Season of Lent
led by St. Gaspar del Bufalo

Reflections by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S.

You will need a free Acrobat reader to open the file. Some of the C Cycle Sundays are missing. I was hoping to get this finished by Ash Wednesday, but I have a few more reflections to write.

I began working on these reflections more than ten years ago. They are finally reaching some sort of final form. Each Lent they have been posted to the Internet, and each year I add some things and revise others. I am still finding typographical errors. I am grateful for all the readers who have made suggestions and pointed out errors.

More than anything else, the one thing I received from this work was a greater appreciation of St. Gaspar and his experience of the Cross. My favorite year was when one Precious Blood Companion thanked me for the most excruciating Lent she had ever spent.

I hope to have this in some sort of print form by next year. If anyone uses this for their Lenten reading this year, I would very much appreciate your comments and suggestions. Let me know what is helpful, and let me know what is not helpful.

May everyone have a Holy and Blessed Lent.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:37 PM link
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Since I had criticized the ads during the Super Bowl, I was intrigued by a appearance of an

article proclaiming that the ads
during the Oscars would be tasteful.

I was dumbfounded, amazed, stunned, and a bit amused by the following line:

They are preserving the exclusive sanctity of this one show, because there's no other show like this - bar none," Wang said.

Wow! What would happen if we took the same care with something really holy, like the Liturgy, for example?

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 12:16 PM link
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St. Blogs Church

The February 27, 2004 issue of Commonweal Magazine has an article by Rachelle Linner on St. Blog's Church. This issue of the magazine does not appear to be
on-line yet.

She rather enjoys reading Peter Nixon's Blog and she mentions mine by name with only the comment that it is pastoral.

My overall impression of the article is that she has not read too widely or deeply the vast array of Catholic Blogs. She appears to be looking for balance, something I think she would find if she hung around a bit longer. Some of her conclusions are erroneous, but she really does not say much about what is available and what its purpose is. On the whole, not a significant contribution to the literature on Catholic Blogs.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:44 AM link
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Precious Blood Lenten Reflection Series

Instead of walking through the desert for your Lenten reflections this year, why not journey through the internet to the website for the Precious Blood Leadership Conference (PBLC)?

Throughout the Lenten season the PBLC is sponsoring a daily reflection that can be found by going to the
PBLC site. At the top of the left-hand column, click on the words "Lenten Reflections."

Each reflection uses the scripture readings of the day, includes some kind of Precious Blood theme, is around 250 words in length and includes some suggested action step or reflection questions(s) to ponder throughout the day. Also, they were written by some member of the Precious Blood family!

The PBLC is happy to report that during the season of Advent the daily reflections received 484 hits on one day alone! So, don’t miss this opportunity to be united in prayer with the growing Precious Blood family.

I wrote the Friday selections.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 10:30 AM link
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