Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
We don’t talk about money very often. The downside of that is I forget to thank you for your support. So, before anything else, Thanks! We’re not rolling in it, but we cover our needs and we are able to keep our commitments to doing outreach to THE POOR, THE HUNGRY, and right now THE ROOFLESS.

I firmly believe that as long as we keep the needs of others on the top of our list, there will always be enough to support the bottom. (That’s us. I hope you don’t mind being referenced as “bottom.”)

fetscherDear Family,
Annie is away for a well-deserved break. The real test will be to see if the parish is still here when she returns. With the help of some faithful folk I think we are making it.

There is so much that has happened in our lives that I hardly know what to write here. The Las Vegas horror brings up a lot of feelings. We continue to pray for all the people who were afflicted. Hopefully, we continue to discuss the place of guns in our society. As a number of people have remarked, “If not now, when?”

fetscherDear Family,
Yesterday, the 7th, was the 59th birthday of our Diocese of Miami, the Feast of the Holy Rosary. We became an archdiocese 10 years later. The mysteries of the rosary recall the saving events in the Lord’s life as well as the beginning of the life of the community of believers, the church. Particularly, when Pope St. John Paul II added the Luminous mysteries, he filled in the space between the boyhood of Jesus and his passion and death.

Those mysteries are very special for me. In the first mystery Jesus comes to John the Baptist asking for baptism. John says, “What are you doing here? You should be baptizing me.” Jesus says to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”

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.

fetscherDear Family,
The mystery of suffering will always elude me, at least on the level of my emotions. After the storms go through and I see the devastation, I say, “Why, Lord, and why to the same people?”

I feel relieved that we didn’t get it as badly as we thought we would the first time and that we will probably hardly notice the second pass. (As usual, I’m writing five days ahead of when you will read this.) My relief is submerged by the knowledge that if the storms don’t hit us, they hit someone else, probably people far less equipped to deal with them than we are.

The one shaft of light that penetrates all this suffering for me, is the knowledge in faith that God is not orchestrating misery for his amusement. ‘He’s been there and done that’ when Jesus suffered and died. Jesus totally identified with the human condition. He did it at the Jordan when he told John to baptize him “for the sake of righteousness.” In other words, I stand here in solidarity with broken humanity.

fetscherDear Family,
I’m writing on Labor Day - last Monday, wondering if this letter will even see the light of day. Right now it looks like Irma might be coming our way. As they do every Monday, Annie and Cynthia and Bill F. came to count the collection. Holidays are no exception it seems.

I couldn’t help but think that no matter what the impending and/or threatening event that may be overshadowing the future, little things like counting the collection still go on. (By the way, no cheap shot intended regarding the size of the collection...)

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
You are reading a Twitch provided by one of us (a St. Sebastian parishioner) because our Pastor is completing his well earned vacation. I will try to be relevant as well as inspirational.

Several weeks ago, on Trinity Sunday I heard Monsignor Fetscher say, “if you want to know what you believe, listen to what you pray.” That sentence resonated with me because so often in church we miss the opportunity “to listen to what (we) pray.” Monsignor has tried to increase our awareness (and listening) by slowing down our reciting of the Lord’s Prayer. However, there are some who continue to rush through their recitation to see who can finish fastest. Not only does this prevent listening to what is being prayed but - at best - it disrupts the sense of community that is conveyed by praying together.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
In the Gospel this weekend, we hear Jesus asking Peter, “But who do you say that I am?” From all indications, Peter gives an immediate response: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Twenty centuries later, the question is still very relevant for each of us as followers of Jesus: “(Your name here), Who do YOU say that I am?”

We can repeat Peter’s response, and we would be correct. Jesus IS the Christ, the Son of the living God. That’s a pretty intellectual statement. How does that filter down into the heart, into the very core of my being?

canaanitewomanDear Sisters and Brothers,
As I sit at the computer, staring at a blank page on Monday evening, I realize (once again) what a gifted Pastor we have. Monsignor Jim is able to write a fresh “Twitch” every week in addition to preparing a homily for the weekend Masses, as well as for the daily Masses. And here I sit, staring at a blank page. Come, Holy Spirit...

fetscherDear Family,
Thanks to the Men’s Club, summer brings us two major projects. One is finished already, the re-windowing and then painting of what we call Father Stephen’s house, - even though he’s been gone for four years. His presence blessed us. Maybe we should call it the St. Stephen House. Patricio did a great job of filling cracks. It came out very well, and we were blessed to find a really good painter who didn’t blow us out of the water with the cost. (I’d happily recommend him to you upon request.)

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