Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
I’ve been staring at my keyboard wondering where to start. It’s last Monday (the 25th) and the first thing I want to say is Thank You. Yesterday, (Sunday) you contributed $5,610.45 to the Hurricane Funds. That was more than our regular Sunday collection: $5,284.00. I liked that split.

I made a contact by email with Caritas Antilles in the Diocese of the Antilles. You probably know that Catholic Charities in many countries operates under the name of Caritas. It was nice to get a name out of the nameless ravages we have been seeing in the reporting. Perhaps with this personal contact we can focus on some small corner of the vineyard which is going to need so much rebuilding over a great period of time.

We gathered up all our broken trees and hopefully by the time you read this we will be cleared of that rubble. Our buildings came through with minor patches here and there. However, the bell tower – which is really all aluminum beneath the dome, took a heavier hit. Amazingly, the speakers came through just fine.

What really gets to me is knowing that our inconveniences are literally nothing compared to the needs of many which are so incredibly greater. Maybe by focusing a little on a twig here and a jug of water there, bit by bit we make some sense out of chaos, ...bit by bit by bit, and we help others rebuild their very lives.

Our life goes on and now it’s October. That means we want to spend time filling the basket in front of the pulpit with items that will stock our RESPECT LIFE OFFICE. The list of things they need to share with new moms is on the next page of our bulletin. I suspect for some of you it might be kind of fun to be able to buy diapers and not have to use them first hand. See? I told you we are always trying to find good things for you.
We also continue to bring food to the grocery carts at the doors of the Church. It’s our effort to DRIVE OUT HUNGER. Steve Flood and his tremendous St. Vincent de Paul group at Blessed Sacrament parish continue to operate the food pantry that feeds many. We are privileged to be a part of that work.

For myself, I’ve got it down to a science. When I go shopping the first thing I do is hit the “two for” tables on the way in and get my stuff for our carts. I really do look for healthy stuff. Two-for-one Pringles are tempting, but probably don’t qualify as serious nutrition. (The previous message was brought to you by WUSAG - Women United to Save Aging Priests.)

I wish I could say I planned it this way, but once again chalk it up to Divine Providence that the readings we heard in today’s liturgies seem to go so well with my talking about collecting things.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once remarked, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

Today we heard about words versus actions; the son who says “No” and then goes, and the son who says “Yes” and doesn’t go. What makes it hard for us to speak a genuine ‘Yes?” Sometimes we’re lazy. Sometimes we want to look good, and “Yes” looks good. Where do I fall? Where do you fall?

We can get very busy with things like collections of food for here and clothes for there and money for everything in between. Sometimes, we hate the busy-ness. But you know what? Actions speak louder than words. That “busy” can be a powerful way of making the Lord’s face visible!

So, rejoice in whatever energy you have left to do the good, and whatever resources you have that will empower good for others.

In the wonderful name of the Debris Remover,
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