Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
...or selfish neighbor?

We live in tough times. You sure didn’t need me to tell you that. Before any opinion, before any judgement, before any fear, because we are who we are, before all, we are first and foremost, people of prayer.

As I scanned the scriptures for this weekend, my first reaction was simply to pray and ask God what He was saying in these scriptures. Then I was overwhelmed. So many things; immigrants, widows, orphans, needy neighbors, and that’s just the Hebrew scripture.

fetscherDear Family,
As you read this, you recall that last Monday was Columbus Day. That’s when I was writing this letter. Banks and post offices were closed but Annie and Judy and I were here in the office doing the work of the Lord.

As kids we learned that Christopher Columbus sailed the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria to the ‘New World.’ He was sailor, navigator and colonizer. Subsequently we learned that others were here first at various times, but Chris was our image of roots and beginnings for our country.

Today is also Indigenous Peoples’ Day. For reasons I can’t explain, it is only now that I have become aware of this day, first celebrated in South Dakota in 1989 as Native American Day.

fetscherDear Family,
Last week, some of our parishioners received a bogus message/email supposedly from me. It asked the recipient to go and get some gift cards for a family in need.
Last Monday we emailed all the parishioners for whom we have addresses to tell you it was a scam.

The folks who got the fake message figured out it was probably a fraud and called in to check. That’s the best way. Check with us.

This is not the first time this has happened. Our St Vincent de Paul society also got hit with an attempt that didn’t work. Jim Guerin caught it.

Just know: I WILL NEVER ASK FOR YOUR HELP LIKE THAT.

fetscherDear Family,
You don’t look a day over 60, but you are by two years. I thought some of you, along with me, might enjoy being 62 for a little while.

How are such wonders possible?

On October 7, 1958, the feast of the Holy Rosary, Pope Pius XII split off the southern 16 counties of the State of Florida from the Diocese of St. Augustine and established the Diocese of Miami.

fetscherDear Family,
Wow! I opened the scriptures to see the readings for this weekend and came away thinking the Lord was looking over my shoulder ...our shoulders. If that isn’t enough, I just heard a roll of thunder as I was writing. Sometimes, subtle He isn’t.

In fact, I don’t think He is ever subtle. His presence to what I’m doing depends on how much attention I’m paying to Him. Sometimes, I’m listening. Sometimes, I even hear Him. Sadly, the roar of the daily tsunamis of politics and health drown out the consistent invitation God makes in all my moments.

Dear Family,
fetscher...that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the body to risk the aches and coughs of ubiquitous COVID or to take up Masks against a sea of skeptics and by opposing, end the creeping habits of non-presence. No more; and by a caring, to say we bear the challenge and the thousand natural shocks.

There’s a good chance Shakespeare is spinning somewhere. Hamlet Act III, scene 1 has been scared. In the original, Hamlet bemoans his state but acknowledges that the alternative might be worse.

fetscherDear Family,
Nine days ago (Friday the 4th), Annie and I were having a coffee (and tea) break, talking about the terrible divisions that are rupturing our country. Will we ever be able to overcome the hard attitudes that afflict so many? Can we find healing?

I thought it might be an idea to Twitch about and jotted down the title you see above without having any idea what would follow.

A few hours later, I came back to this page, and as I usually do before a Twitch, went to look at the three Scriptures readings assigned for today. I nearly fell off the chair.

fetscherDear Family,
Tomorrow is Labor Day. The celebration finds its origins in the late 19th century as a way of acknowledging the role of labor and labor unions in our society. The Labor Movement and its leaders were powerful forces throughout the 20th century. (I still remember John L. Lewis’s eyebrows.)

From a gospel perspective, Labor Day can become a moment when we look at the state of working people today. The word ‘labor’ really means ‘heavy lifting.’

There are a lot of people who labor now in very difficult circumstances, and many are becoming victims of the pandemic because they risked themselves for others (us.)

fetscherDear Family,
In my office is a ceramic plaque which I received many years ago. It’s one of my favorite ‘objet d’art.’ If I told you about it before, forgive the repetition. Right now, it seems very relevant.

The special piece I’m looking at portrays two rather scraggly-looking buzzards sitting on an equally barren tree limb. One says to the other, “Patience hell. I’m gonna kill somethin.” Thanks to Annie, here it is.

I don’t know about you, but there are moments...

fetscherDear Family,
Who was that masked man? Who knew after all these years that ‘masked’ would be redefined? Tonto’s friend, Kemosabe, had eyes masked up. Now we “masked people” are masked from the nose down.

I guess I didn’t realize how significant COVID-19 really is; imagine challenging the Lone Ranger’s title ‘masked man’ and changing it to ‘masked multitude.’ COVID-19 is scrambling our eggs.

Speaking of masks, are you discovering that you read lips much more than you could have imagined? I find myself saying – far too often – “Sorry, what did you say?” My hearing aids are working pretty well, but I still can’t distinguish the blurred nuances of speech as they try to make it through the super-duper Elimstation Reusable PM2.5 Filter Face Mask. (I got that off the internet.)

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