Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
As I write, the priests of the Archdiocese are gathering for their annual convocation. It's a time when we can do some business and share a fraternity that we normally don't get to do. I wasn't able to go because I was 'tethered' to a toilet. (I wouldn't have said 'toilet' here, but the temptation to alliteration won out.)

It got me to thinking about all the priests I have known over the 50+ years of ministry, not counting the additional ten in the seminary and the growing-up years when priests played such an important part in my life. Often, hindsight can make you see even more clearly.

fetscherDear Family,
Welcome to mid-September 2018.

Hurricanes proliferating, politics exploding, division ‘profusing,’ (I made that one up), insanity prowling, AC units leaking... just another day at the ranch. It’s hard to know what direction to face.

Do you sometimes wonder who you are in the middle of a lot of chaos and conflict? At times, have you wanted to go and find a hole where you can shut out the noise? Welcome to my ‘sometimes’ reality.

fetscherDear Family,
Once again, this is one of those marvelous moments when I’m writing the Twitch VERY early, August 31st to be exact. I won’t be here (hopefully) next week so we need to get the stuff ready. Had I thought about it I could have asked someone to write it as I have in the past, but it’s not fair to give so short a time. Anyway, I’ve got through the first paragraph.

I’m thinking about the last nine days and all that was packed into them; happy, sad, disgraceful, and you wonder what on earth the next nine days could bring.

fetscherDear Family,
We have just celebrated the Liturgy of Christian Burial for Cynthia Alonzi, pictured above with best friend, Diana Borg. Cynthia was the office assistant and between Annie and Cynthia everything moved along. As luck would have it, for the first time since I have been at St. Sebastian, Annie actually took time off for illness with a flu that was a killer. As I said at Cynthia’s Mass, this place was scary without them. Cliché or no, you don’t appreciate what you have until you don’t have it.

Over the years, you get to know people you work with and you share some of the stories, happy and sad, that mark people’s lives. We shared our stories. (Relatives don’t have to worry. It was all good!)

Dear Family,
Here you’ll find the letter of Pope Francis which he wrote in response to the issue of clerical abuse.
I know when you see a lot of words on a page you tend to put it down.
Please don’t.
The Holy Spirit is there to help each of us discover to what we are being called in the days to come.
In Jesus,
sign frjim

fetscherDear Family,
Today we heard the third part of John 6, the Bread of Life Discourse, verses 51-58. Maybe it’s the image of food that is floating through all readings, but as I reflect on that passage along today’s other two scriptures, I feel filled to the brim. I was going to day something like having a large “The Works” pizza. But that wouldn’t do it, because it’s sweeter, more like a Dairy Queen Blizzard. That was the killer treat of my youth, - which may explain a lot of things about my weight now.

fetscherDear Family,
This Wednesday, August 15th, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother. We will have ONE MASS OF CELEBRATION at 6:00 P.M. After Mass we will have our Special Super Sunbird Summer Supper.

I sure hope you signed up. This get-together is a way to thank you all for the wonderful celebration we had on my 50th anniversary. One good party deserves another, and what better time than on a feast which gathers us, the Assumption of Mary.

fetscherDear Family,
Tomorrow is the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, and it got me thinking about the Luminous mysteries of the rosary that Saint Pope John Paul II introduced in 2002. I highly recommend the Wikipedia article titled simply, ‘Rosary.” It’s a very interesting brief history of our devotion.

When Bubba and I walk (well, he walks and sometimes I ride) around the parking lot at night we say the rosary. The Luminous mysteries were really a great addition because they added events from the public ministry of Jesus.

fetscherDear Family,
It must be the heat. My slate is blank, or almost... Maybe this is a moment to talk a bit about something that has been at the back of my “heat-oppressed mind.” (That’s a line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Unfortunately, what is in Macbeth’s vision is a dagger which he can’t touch but only see. It’s pretty black as visions go, but you’ll have to read the play. What I want to talk about isn’t that bleak, much less black.) It’s about weddings.

The folk who I would like to read this are not likely to see it, but maybe if their parents or grandparents do, it might get through. Not necessarily in order of importance, I’ll call these ponderings...

fetscherDear Family,
Well, here I am again, writing on (last) Tuesday, wondering what the world will look like tomorrow as a result of what happened to it yesterday. I don’t think there is a whole lot of ‘ordinary’ to be found, unless perhaps it’s ordinary dumbness.

I feel a spell of analysis coming on I probably should resist. I want whatever I say, here or from the pulpit or anywhere to make sense and to be an accurate understanding of the Gospel. As usual, my question is how does the gospel help us live through the issues that face us as Church, as country, as individuals? As I’ve said before, I think writing these thoughts really is for me more than for you. Puffing scrambled thoughts and feelings into subject, object and verb, lets them make more sense – at least sometimes.

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