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.

Sunday, May 18, 2003
We are all the ones in red hats:

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 3:26 PM link
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This was a day to remember. Although I had been at many audiences in St. Peter's Square, a canonization is very different. The Square is full. The crowd is estimated from 50,000 to 75,000. I am used to such rowdyness in this square. But here, absolute silence. It was a stunning moment: to experience this boistrous crowd who had risen in great rejoicing at the mention of each new saint, now to be in awesome silence at the consecration of the Mass, to witness the thousands of pilgrims kneeling on the hard stones of the square.

I could not imagine how they could distribute communion to this throng, but they did in great order and reverence. It was like being in a small country church where you knew everyone, yet here you were in a throng of thousands and it was the same reverence and awe.

Even after communion the pilgrims with head bowed in prayer remained in quiet as the choir sang its anthem.

Then the Holy Father chanted the communion prayer. After which the crowd erupted in a moment of joy that was indescribable. In Spanish, English and Polish various birthday greetings were sung. We were surrounded by pilgrims from Bari, all Italians who were impressed that we knew their pastor and associate. They erupted in joyous song greeting the Holy Father on his birthday.

It is a moment I shall not soon forget. Such reverence and awe! What joy!

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 3:17 PM link
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Can you find me in the picture? What a glorious day!

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 2:55 PM link
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