Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Do you recall Barbra Streisand’s song, “The Way We Were”? A couple of lines have been haunting me.

Mem’ries, light the corners of my mind...
What’s too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget...

As it often can be the case with so many things, one day something has huge importance; the next day we’ve moved on to the next “huge importance.”

fetscherDear Family,
You know how I feel about surprises. After 51 years of ministry and 38 years of writing weekly pastor's letters, this is a first.

As I write on Labor Day, my surprise is finding myself waiting with all of you to see how we make out with Dorian. If you are reading this, then I guess we made it. It will be really exciting if we have power, but being a good Irishman, I can't help feeling a little guilty for having it when I suspect many others won't.

As I said last Sunday, my greatest stress has been watching the northern Bahamas being decimated. At this point all I have are hints of the vast destruction, but as their closest neighbors we South Floridians need to do all we can to help them.

fetscherDear Family,
For a while I have wanted to reflect a bit on cremation. For over thirty years, now, the Church has allowed cremation. When I was growing up, that was a big taboo. Later, I understood the reasoning behind the prohibition. It related to European Freemasonry which encouraged cremation as a sign that there was no afterlife. Masons aren’t there now, at least in the U.S.

The bigger issue is the reverence the Church has always had for the body. As I’ve said at many funerals, “our bodies are living breathing walking talking temples of the Holy Spirit and God lives in us.” Credit St. Paul for that inspiration.

fetscherDear Family,
Strive! Onomatopoeia is one way a poet can create sounds in a poem. So says Siri when I asked. I heard today’s gospel about getting into heaven, and the word Jesus uses, according to Luke, is strive. If you say it a little forcefully, you get a sense of energy and movement. But Luke didn’t write in English.

So, I cracked my (dusty) Greek New Testament, and sure enough there it was: ‘agonizomai.’ That’s even stronger. You can see the roots of the word agony there. So, the point is, Jesus really stresses that you need energy to get to the Kingdom and then INTO the Kingdom... and it ‘ain’t‘ easy. When Jesus says the way is narrow, it’s not the number trying to get through that makes it hard. I think Jesus means everyone has their own narrow door. Getting through to heaven takes dedicated attention and consistent strength.

fetscherDear Family,
As I begin this Twitch, the very first thing I want to say is “Thank You” to those of you who sent me cards and good wishes for my birthday. Nancy Adams and her team put together a happy surprise coffee and cupcakes after Mass on the day itself.

You may have heard me remark in the past that I hate surprises. I was thinking about that and wondering why. Maybe subconsciously it’s a fear of not having control of something... of everything???

fetscherDear Family,
Do you ever catch yourself looking at a word you just wrote and asking yourself if you spelled it correctly? That’s what I did with Grieving.

I spelled it right. It just didn’t look right. Maybe that’s the point; grieving never lets you see things quite clearly. Perhaps that’s why when someone is in grief, so often, well-meaning people around them almost rush them along through the grief in an anxious attempt to make things “normal” again. Even when we have to grieve about something personally, we still seem to be slow-learners.

fetscherDear Family,
Last Sunday’s indoor picnic was a blast. The way the Pastoral Council members all pitched in really blessed our summer. They enlisted the help of others and together we had a great time. Special thanks to Scotty, whose superior pancake grill was repurposed for excellent burgers and dogs. You can’t beat a Nathan’s frank, nor can you duplicate a Martinez spatula.

Not least on my list of appreciated moments was being able to scoop out a (modest) ball or two (ok, three) of softened ice cream. That way you could get a good blob without grunting. Also, you could scoop more quickly before too many people noticed. Connie Reed was an encouraging face behind the tubs. She didn’t count my scoops.
Depending on when the count was made, somewhere between 59 and 80 people made it. If you didn’t make it, not to worry, because I’m sure I had a little of yours. You missed a good time. I remember remarking to someone that as I looked around the room, I saw the core of the sunbird (year-rounds) parish. It was a nice place to be.

fetscherDear Family,
How’s that for a heading looking for attention? No funeral is a picnic, and you sure hope your picnics will be happier than a funeral.

Well, today is about Picnics, specifically the one that starts this afternoon (Sunday) at 4 p.m Our deep thanks to the Pastoral Council and the extra hands of the Martini’s, (aka Scott and Sue Martinez.) Since an Ice Cream Social is thrown in for dessert, the only thing outside are the grills and the grillmeister (Scotty) for the hot dogs and hamburgers. I really hope you signed up, but if you didn’t take a chance. We’ll probably be able to stretch it. I’d like to take this moment to thank Pastoral Council Members Nancy Adams, (pres.), Frank Krauser, (v.p.), July Fisher (sec.), Rosemary Guerin, Chuck Wobby, Ann Murry, Liz Calhoun, and Connie Reed. A pastor couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch of people to work with.

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…

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