Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Last week I enjoyed introducing Father Antony and the St. Mary community to you so much that I forgot to say Happy Thanksgiving in last Sunday’s Twitch. That plus the fact that, because of printing deadlines, I’m really writing this Twitch on Nov. 16th. Right now, your ‘last week’ is my ‘next week.’ How’s that for total confusion? It’s okay. Sort of goes with the territory these days.

SO, what would I have said to you if this was last Sunday’s pre-Thanksgiving letter? Well, firstly, thanks for reading this. The Twitches are my way of trying to keep us in touch with each other. I don’t labor under any illusion that they are masterpieces of prose. However, writing forces me to stop and think a little bit about the who, what, where, when, and most of all, the why of St. Sebastian.

fetscherDear Family,
I am very happy to welcome a new ‘holy man’ in our midst. He is Father Antony (no ‘h’) Vayalikarottu. Father Antony is the vicar of St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church of South Florida.

Their web page tells us that, “St. Mary’s is part of the Syro-Malankara Major Archiepiscopal Church. The Church is in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. The Mission is started by the faithful catholic Malankarites from Kerala, India....”

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...

fetscherDear Family,
I stole this reflection, body and bones, from the Creighton Online Ministries Daily Reflections. Our author is Maureen McCann Waldon, a retired member of the faculty at Creighton. I hope you will appreciate it as much as I did and understand why I’m passing it on. In Jesus,

The greatest among you must be your servant. - Matthew 23:11

fetscherDear Family,
So, what is special about Wednesday, November 1st, besides being Annie’s birthday? In case you didn’t figure it out from the heading, it is All Saints Day. Thursday is All Souls Day and you can find a very thorough treatment of the history of both feasts on Catholic Online.

Historically, in some places the two days have been linked together with All Hallows Eve thrown in for good measure. (So, why do we dress kids like ghosts and witches instead of saints?)

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.

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