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fetscherDear Family,
I’m writing this Twitch on July 16TH. Today is Bubba’s 10th birthday, (70th to us humans.) Nothing will please him more than an extra Beggin’ Strip. (Come to think of it, extra bacon strips are always welcome!) There will also be a Ritz cracker with a little peanut butter. The latter is the suggestion of Gisella Reyes who specializes in pet specialties. Ask Muqui (moo-key) the very happy cat who resides in the Calderon-Reyes abode. If I remember correctly, Muqui gives a whole new meaning to the concept of fat cat. She passed the pleasingly plump stage long ago.

fetscherDear Family,
“...it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out."

From Deuteronomy 30, we hear Moses speaking to the Israelites as they are about to follow Joshua into the promised land. What is the “it” Moses speaks of? As you heard in the first reading this weekend, the “it” is the LAW! Hold that thought…

fetscherDear Family,
On May 24, 2015, the feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis published his second encyclical. He began “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Fran-cis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs”.

fetscherDear Family,
We come back to Ordinary Time. Lent, The Sacred Triduum in Holy Week, Eastertime, Pentecost and Corpus Christi all led us to this moment. As I’ve been saying on Sunday, all those events set us up to enter into the real work Jesus gives us. It is our ordinary way of being, being his disciples.

For the fun of it, I went and looked up the word, ordinary, in the dictionary. The first thing Meriam-Webster mentioned was the title given to a bishop of a diocese. Then as you read on you get the sense that ‘ordinary’ isn’t such a great word. There was more commentary that made the word sound run-of-the-mill and mediocre.

I was kind of disappointed because I’ve been focusing on the idea that Jesus gave us word and example. He gave us a way of living. Not only did He do that, but He also have us himself in word, in making us a part of His Body through baptism, and then he gave us the extraordinary gift of Himself in the Eucharist. That’s what all our celebrations were about. I just said, “extraordinary gift of Himself.”

fetscherDear Family,
Today we celebrate the Feast of The Body of Christ, aka Corpus Christi. The history of the feast itself goes back to the thirteenth century, although from the very beginning the Church knew there was a very special and unique meaning to the words of Jesus, “This is my Body, ... This is my Blood.”

The western world was emerging from the “Dark Ages,” more or less the fifth to the 12th centuries. The Huns and the Ostrogoths and the Visigoths and all those strange people had come in their respective waves. Now, especially for the Church, the thirteenth century produced people like Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Anthony of Padua, Albert the Great, Margaret of Hungary, Francis and Clare of Assisi, and on and on. It was indeed, as the book by James J. Walsh indicated, “The Thirteenth, the Greatest of Centuries.”

trinityDear Family,
Today is Trinity Sunday. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life. God alone can make it known to us by revealing himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (#261)

The Catechism also says in #260, “The ultimate end of the whole divine economy is the entry of God’s creatures into the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity.”  (I understand ‘economy’ to mean God’s purpose. It’s God’s purpose that we become one with him. Wow!)

fetscherDear Family,
Pentecost! Fifty Days Later! Extra alleluias are put in reserve. Eastertime has pushed us into the Ordinary Time.

If that seems like it means “Okay, now we can take it easy,” think again.

Listen to some of the words of Pope Francis I took from his homily for Pentecost 2018. I am embarrassed to tell you that I didn’t read them last year, and I suspect many of you might not have either.

In any case, Pope Francis surely manages to inspire me with his thoughts and I hope you have the same experience.

fetscherDear Family,
I think this reflection by Father Donagh O’Shea O.P. of the Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin, is a great insight into the Ascension of the Lord. I edited a bit with apologies to Fr. Donagh. Here he is.

The Ascension... is not mentioned at all in Matthew’s or in John's gospels. Mark mentions it, but... almost certainly relies on Luke’s account. Luke is the specialist, giving two accounts of it: in his gospel, and in the Acts of the Apostles.

fetscherDear Family,
I “borrowed” the following write-up from a site called Calendar-12.com. It’s a great summary of Memorial Day’s origins and its significance.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the last Monday of May commemorating men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Initially (officially since 1868 - proclaimed by General John Logan) Memorial Day was a holiday in memory of the soldiers who died in the Civil War. The feast was supposed to be a step towards national reconciliation. The original name (Decoration Day) comes from placing flowers on the graves of the soldiers.

fetscherDear Family,
The first thing on my agenda is a very overdue heartfelt thanks to Ted and Cheryl Abernethy for their kindness in restoring the basketball hoop and backstops that got whacked last Fall by a young person who we haven’t seen since. I’m okay with that because he also did figure eights with his truck on the green field after a rain. For a while it made it very hard for the visiting doggies to find their balls tossed amid the ruts.

Ted did a very cute design on the little kids’ hoop. Somehow, I see Cheryl’s fine hand in this.

I was talking with someone recently about how easy it is to lose a sense of history. Thank God Annie has a good memory. That’s how I found out that Abernethy’s had done the kid’s playground, the basketball court and the tennis court as well. You wouldn’t hear about it from them.

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