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St. Gaspar del Bufalo: A Saint in Motion

By: Jean Giesige

A brief account of the life and ministry of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, apostle of the Precious Blood.

In many parishes around the world served by Missionaries of the Precious Blood, there is a painting or statue of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, the founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. But anyone who ever painted his portrait or sculpted his image got it wrong, because none of the images of St. Gaspar are moving.

The little saint was a dynamo, a rushing river of new ideas, a perpetual motion machine. Although prayer empowered everything he did, his was not a monastic life, contemplative and silent. He was always happiest when he was out among the children of God, whether they were devout Catholics or those who had never heard the Word.

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