Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Thank you for your contributions to the Respect Life October request for baby stuff. Interesting comment: “We get lots of lovely things for little girls, but we don’t get many clothing items for boys.” I’m toying with the idea of making a run to somewhere and just buying some boys’ stuff, but then I have a vision of running into a parishioner who wants to ask, but won’t, “Why are you buying kids’ clothes?” It might be kind of fun to keep them wondering...

The conversion to LED lighting in the Main Sanctuary is finished. At least I think it will be by the time you read this. You may not notice a huge difference, but we will in the electrical bill. Hopefully, the downlights are illuminating your reading materials better. Notice the crosses on the chandeliers are all facing in the same direction. Danny, our electrician, was particularly proud of that. My LARGE (I can’t say huge) thanks goes to the Men’s Club who through their spaghetti dinners, etc., financed the project. It wasn’t cheap. See, all I’m doing is supporting the parish by continuing to eat that spaghetti. God is good.

Our next project is getting the lights in the bell tower working again. It’s another expensive project, not in the least because it requires a lift to attach the new lighting outside the various positions on the tower. Fixing the damaged structural parts of the tower can be done from inside. That’s in the pipeline as well.

I’m going on about this and that project, but my real underlying struggle is dealing with another horror story of shooting violence. A thousand words and thoughts run through my mind. I sit here trying to find the politically correct way of saying the guns have either got to go or be reasonably regulated better than they are. Every time one of these terrible events happens we say we need to do something. But the president says, “it’s a little bit soon to go into it” and Congress is paralyzed by the threat of gun lobbies. God help them, and God help us.

Let’s have a knockdown drag-out ‘discussion’ and maybe in the process of it all we can come to realize that atmospheres do make a difference. Talk about climate change... We need a better climate, a climate that celebrates civility, a climate that fosters kind and generous interaction between people, between US. A climate like that won’t eliminate madmen, but it might help make it harder for them to think about acting madly.

If you want to read one article I found informative about mental health and gun violence, google “Emanuella Grinberg and Jacqueline Howard, CNN”. Hopefully, it will be there for a while.

When all is said and done the only real words I hear that make sense here are, “Love one another, as I have loved you.” But who is there to hear those words? We’ve been hearing the stories in the gospels on Sundays about the scribes and the Pharisees not hearing, not hearing to the point that the only option they have is to kill the speaker. He has done that once for us. Haven’t we learned anything?

Love one another as I have loved you.
Love one another as I have loved you.
Love one another as I have loved you.
Love one another as I have loved you.

Love ...

...or is it just words?
As always with hope in Jesus,
sign frjim

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