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Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Eileen Wirth is the retired chair of the department of journalism at Creighton University, but continues to write for their daily scripture reflections. I stole this for you because it touched me very much and captured how I feel on this special EMMAUS Day.

Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way, and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread. - Luke 24:35

fetscherDear Family,
In 1935, the first Mass was celebrated in front of the image of the painting of Divine Mercy. Sister (now Saint) Faustina Kowalska, was present. With her personal revelations from the Lord, we came to understand the devotion to Divine Mercy. She was told to keep a diary of what she heard from the Lord. One notation read:

“My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls. ... If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them and that it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy.”

fetscherDear Family,
Over the years, the CHEER of people who make the Emmaus Retreat experience is what you see above: Jesus Christ is Risen. He is Risen, Indeed!
What a great act of faith. Yet that act of faith is the expression and the hope of everything we are, and everything we seek for all eternity.
Our act of faith is important right now. Each of us has had tragedies and fears and unknowns to deal with in our lives, but rarely – if ever – did we all have them at the same time.

As I write early (for the bulletin deadline) on April 3rd, our county has been shut down for eight days, thanks to wise county officials. (I wish the whole state had been brought to closure as quickly.)

fetscherDear Family,
I am writing this Twitch on March 26, 2020. Around holidays we always have early publication needs. So here I am 10 days before Palm Sunday wondering what will be relevant as you read this.

Now I am laughing and maybe crying at the same time, and perhaps for the same reason: who knows what the next ten days will bring? I sure couldn’t have predicted the last ten.

One nice thing to think about is if you are reading this, at least we haven’t blown ourselves up yet.

fetscherDear Family,
Love and peace to all of you!

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shamrockDear Family,
How strange it feels to be writing this Twitch and wondering how, when and where you are likely to read it, if at all. I‘m writing on Tuesday the 17th. Goodness knows what will be happening by Sunday. At least I can rely on St. Patrick to guide me with some Irish brilliance – or failing brilliance, good old luck. (I’m extremely prejudiced on my mother’s side. County Mayo is sacred ground, even though there was a time when the rest of the Irish would say, “Mayo! God help us! Probably dates back to the hardships of the 19th century potato famine.)

Still, there is this:

fetscherDear Family,
Last Sunday my brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Carolyn came for Mass and lunch and then we sat in the rectory for another hour and talked some more, something we just don’t do often enough. Among other things, we talked about how age is giving us evolving perspectives about things. I’m sure that idea is no revelation to a great majority of you at St. Sebastian.

I mention it here, because as I looked over the scriptures for today’s liturgy - remember I am writing this last Monday the 9th, our conversation came rolling back. For some reason, Romans struck me in what seemed to be new ways. I knew the words, but they meant more...

fetscherDear Family,
Last week I wrote about a lot of things like ash¬es, Lenten books, fasting, reconciliation. I ended the Twitch with, “Keep God’s love simple no matter how many little things you read here. Make that the bottom line.”

Never did I dream that in a week I’d be writing about the effects of a virus, Coronavirus or COVID-19, to be precise. We will join the Archdiocese in following a few simple practices.
I found that going to the World Health Organization’s information page was really excellent. Rather than playing doctor as I Twitch along, I want you to go and check it out:  Link-->  World Health Organization

The following is the MEDIA ALERT that Archbishop Wenski issued on March 3.

fetscherDear Family,
We just put away the Christmas decorations and here we are at Lent. As I write, Patricio and Pat O’Dea are raising the Lenten drapes. Patricio burned last year’s palms yesterday and ashes are in the making. And thanks to Annie and her helpers, the Rice Bowls from Catholic Relief Services and the Lenten daily meditation booklets from Liturgical Press are distributed. Sounds like we’re ready, doesn’t it? Well,...

All those items are but furnishings for a spiritual Easter house we can build. It comes down to what kind of design are we using?

fetscherDear Family,
I hope you had a good time at the Mardi Gras celebration. For us Fat Tuesday came on Fat Saturday, Samedi Gras. Doesn’t sound as good as Mardi. Once again, I’m writing this Twitch before last night’s gastric spectacular. I’m a man of hope, so I expect I will have something of a Cheshire cat smile on my face when you see me next.

Thank you to the women of our Council of Catholic Women (SSCCW), especially Kate Heffner and Kaye Drohan who worked hard to give us a great time together.

Mardi Gras reminds me of being a little like a bear bulking up to get ready for a winter’s hibernation. However, we are preparing, not for hibernation but meditation, contemplation, reflection, introspection. My Thesaurus also gave me other words: thought, consideration, musing, concentration, deliberation.

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