Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

In the first reading today from Deuteronomy, Moses tells the people to fear the Lord, keep the commandments and in doing so, we will have a long life. The word fear in the biblical sense means to have a healthy respect for the Almighty. We are not God. God is God....
Open Our Blind Eyes, O Lord

Open Our Blind Eyes, O Lord

A fellow Precious Blood priest, Fr. Marvin Steffes, C.PP.S., was a man of hands-on spirituality with no fluff. He so often observed “most people are going to be saved because they are so ignorant.”  I know he included the two of us. The Epistle to the Hebrews says we...
Filled with Joy

Filled with Joy

Missionaries, Companions, CPPS Sisters and friends of the Precious Blood Communities gathered at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio, on Monday, October 22 to celebrate the feast day of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Fr....
Bonded in the Precious Blood

Bonded in the Precious Blood

Solemnity of Saint Gaspar By the V. Rev. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. One of the joys of living in Rome was exploring the hundreds of churches in the city. Some are gigantic architectural wonders like Saint Peter’s and others are smaller, less ornate, and less well known....
A Reflection for St. Gaspar’s Feast Day

A Reflection for St. Gaspar’s Feast Day

Like many of you each morning at the end of Morning Prayer, I read a bit of St. Gaspar’s wisdom from the “Our Daily Companion” calendar. Contained in the pages of the calendar are a treasure trove of sayings from our founder. One of my favorite quotations is, “Unlike...
In Search of Wisdom

In Search of Wisdom

Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor (Mark 10:21) [I] deemed riches nothing in comparison with her, (Wisdom 7:8) One of the threads running through the readings for this Sunday portrays wisdom and holiness as superior or earthly treasure. Solomon tells us how...