Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
For almost 40 years, every week I have been writing a letter to my parishioners. When I was in Miami, I called it Midnight Musings. Midnight was usually the time when I was able to get to writing in peace and quiet. When I came to St Sebastian I realized I didn’t have to be up so much at midnight and called them Twilight Twitches.

The idea behind the letters was to try and give my parishioners, then, a sense of what I was thinking. In Miami we had eight masses on a weekend in two languages and it would take me a month just to go through the cycle. I’d only get to speak to my parishioners once a month. I guess I hoped the letters that I wrote each week in the bulletins would fill in.

When I came to Saint Sebastian you can imagine my happiness at being able to speak to everybody every week in just three masses. That was surely one advantage of the smaller parish. I kept the habit of writing even though it may not have been quite so necessary.

As I have been experiencing some interesting physical challenges in the last few months I’ve had time to ponder and ruminate and muse. One thought that crossed my mind was, “Why would anybody really be interested in what I was thinking? “ (Probably one shouldn’t have too much time to do that kind of thinking very often.)

Somewhere along the line I think I came to realize that often I was writing more for myself than I was for you. Having to think something out in some kind of order just helped to think a little bit more clearly. (Of course, I suppose that’s always open to discussion from your point of view but anyway it helped me.)

I don’t think I’ve ever lost a sense of what a privilege it is to be able to preach for you and celebrate with you. I always ask you to pray at the beginning of a homily that God will help us hear whatever He wants to say whether I say or not. It’s not false humility. It’s simply recognizing the fact that it’s His message and I am simply a messenger. That’s the case for all of us.

That mission also makes us think a little bit more seriously about just how well we need to try to understand the message God is trying to pass on through us.

This Easter was the first time in 50 years that I missed Holy Week. The only consolation was that Father Gary and Monsignor Mike were so good. I don’t like not being there. Having Fathers Dennis and Tony in recent days as well is God’s own gift.

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a dozen times: “you’ll feel like a new man with that pacemaker.” To be honest I’d settle for a better old man but it does really seem to help. My hope is that I will be able to get back in the traces ASAP. In fact, I am hoping that by the time you read this you will have already seen me back at work.

When you get a chance I hope that you’ll take the time to thank Annie and Cynthia, Patricio, Miriam and all the folk who work around this place for me and you. Without them I’m not sure that I would still be here.

The following blank space is a little gift so you can get to what’s important more quickly.
In Jesus,
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