St. Gaspar and the Peacemakers

St. Gaspar and the Peacemakers

By Fr. Jerome Stack, C.PP.S. One of the more prominent and memorable chapters in the life of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, is his ministry with the brigands in the Papal States south of Rome. Gaspar and his Missionaries took...
Beyond Gratitude to Thanksgiving

Beyond Gratitude to Thanksgiving

In the month of October, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invites us to renew our call to “cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end.” As Missionaries of the Precious Blood, this call is woven...
People of Hope

People of Hope

The opening lines of today’s first reading are some of the most powerful words in Scripture. The desperation is clear in the words of the prophet Habakkuk, “How long, O LORD? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not...
The Art of Accompaniment

The Art of Accompaniment

What comes to mind when you think of caregiving? Maybe it’s the work of a nurse in the hospital, or a deacon bringing communion to the homebound. You might think of something very practical, like bringing a meal, helping someone get dressed, checking blood pressure or...
Reconfiguring Our Attitudes

Reconfiguring Our Attitudes

Before I joined the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, I worked for many years as a social service case manager. I worked with families and later the elderly to help them with housing, food and medical care. My clients were in a very poor part of the city and almost...
Focus, Consistency and Commitment

Focus, Consistency and Commitment

Wait, what? Did Jesus really just say that? This is one of those Gospel’s that is difficult to understand. Jesus makes the central figure a dishonest steward. And then puts him forward as the one to be emulated. What are we to make of this? Clearly Jesus is not...