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Spirituality and Theology

Mary, Woman of the New Covenant

By: Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S.

Mary has always played an important role in the life of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Don Beniamino Conti has already explained the place of Our Lady of the Precious Blood—or the Madonna of the Chalice, as she is also known—in the mission preaching of St. Gaspar and the early Missionaries. In the course of the Congregation’s history, Mary has been honored under a variety of titles. We know, for

Mary, Madonna of the Blood

By: Fr. Alan Hartway, C.PP.S. and Fr. Joe Nassal, C.PP.S.

May is Mary's month. Three feasts during this month are set aside for Mary: May 12, Mother of Mercy; May 24, Help of Christians; and May 31, the Visitation. Mary claims this month by the church from our European pagan ancestors, celebrating spring, fertility, and the earth mother with such things as flowers, dances, planting feasts, and maypoles. May 24 in particular commemorates the return of Pious VII to Rome in 1814 from his Napoleonic exile.

The Spirituality of Our Society According to the Charism of Our Founder

By: D. Luigi Contegiacomo, cpps

By the spirituality, of a Community I mean the sum total of the fundamental values given by the Founder as the special basis and feature of his foundation. I say fundamental values, not their practical applications and their consequences. In this study, therefore, we will speak exclusively of these values, abstracting from the applications and inferences made by St. Gaspar himself and by others after him. These latter will form the object of other studies and researches.

Shame Distorts the Truth About Our Worth

By: Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S.

"Shame is, according to James Fowler, different from guilt. In guilt, the things I do can be separated from who I am. It can be separated from my worth as a person. I can do something wrong and still think of myself as a good or worthy person. Shame, however, is about who I am. It is about others seeing me as who I am. Shame is about being exposed to others, or to myself, as being defective, lacking or inadequate. In shame we feel our deficiencies are out there for all to see." (Brief article with reflection questions)

Following God’s Agenda: Only in denying self can humans come to find their greatest identity

By: Mr. Al O’Dell, C.PP.S. Companion

"There are in Sacred Scripture any number of passages that could be invoked as a job description for those who wish to be followers of Jesus. One that seems the Gospel of Luke, 9: 2–3. In this passage, Jesus tells his apostles three things: they are to proclaim the Good News of God’s arriving kingdom, they are to be healers, and they are to be unencumbered. Perhaps by a priority of nature, unencumbered comes first, then healing (for words without action are not credible and convincing) and finally proclamation of the Word." (Brief article with reflection questions)

Joseph’s Yes: The Man Who Raised Jesus Sets an Example for Us All

By: Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S.

“So often when we reflect upon the birth of Jesus we reflect upon Mary’s response to God’s plan. While this was present in the movie, we were encouraged to spend some time with Joseph, the husband of Mary, and to see him as a model for our call to selfless giving and reconciliation of head and heart.” (Brief article with reflection questions)

Waiting at the Gate: Advent is a time of Audacious Hope

By: Fr. Joe Nassal, C.PP.S.

“At the time, my patience was worn as thin as a razor’s edge. But later the experience of waiting at the gate offered an Advent lesson—one that has less to do with patience and more to do with hope.” (Brief article with reflection questions)

Precious Blood Companions Inquiry and Formation Journal

This booklet is a discernment journal for those who are interested in learning more about the Lay Associates of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. The content of the booklet can also be used for personal reflection and small group reflection providing study chapters on the life of St. Gaspar, the spirituality of the cup, and the cross, as well as reflections on the spirituality of covenant.

Discernment Journal

The Discernment Journal is a tool that is used in vocational discernment for those who are interested in learning more about the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. The journal can also be used for personal reflection and enrichment with reflections modules that look at the life of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, a description of a Society of Apostolic Life as well as three aspects of our Precious Blood Spirituality, namely, The Blood of the covenant, The Blood of the Cross and the Cup of Christ’s Blood.

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