Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Annie and I just got off the phone with Mary Wood, reviewing our fiscal 2020-2021 financial re¬port. Thank God for Mary who translates accountese into English for me. As soon as we have dotted the “t’s” and crossed the “i’s” we will get it out to you. First in line will be the faithful whose generosity keeps the lights on.

The Olympics are offering me numbers that are far more interesting than finances. These Olympians are truly remarkable. Sometimes when the TV coverage includes pieces about the backgrounds of some of the competitors, it makes their feats even more remarkable... ordinary people made extraordi¬nary by striving for exceptional outcomes in nothing less than heroic ways.

Single-minded focus propels them to leap, swim, hurl, run, flip and all the other skills involved in the 46 sports that are part of Tokyo Olympics 2020.

fetscherDear Family,
I have a new special prayer intention. I pray that those of you who need to renew your driver licenses may be spared the in-person process. For some reason, which I never figured out, I couldn’t do it by mail as I usually did. I think it has something to do with my age. Maybe they need visible proof that I was still capable of independent movement.

Anyway Dr. Lang certified my sight and off I went. First, one hour outside the office. I stupidly went at 11:30 so you can image the heat. We all wound around hoping for the A.C. Then inside three more hours. The people who work there are all very nice. Still, you have no idea how much I kept praying, “O Lord, please let them call F701.” Is that how you feel waiting for your Bingo number to be called?

fetscherDear Family,

That’s how I ended last week’s Twitch. I think maybe the folks in the condos might have heard my sigh of relief. As I was finishing the Twitch the engineer told us we were okay. All we need to do is put down a little mesh and concrete mixture to smooth out the cracks. That will happen soon.

As those extraordinary rescue workers continued their search on the rubble in Surfside, I couldn’t help but be a little distracted about cracks in buildings, especially our building.

fetscherDear Family,
What a week! Annie and I think we could have easily (and gratefully) skipped it. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff regarding building maintenance, etc. You may have noticed some discoloration on the beam toward the altar area which it turns out is not a leak (thank God) but moisture from humidity build-up. We can paint it with a mold resistant paint. The product is called “Kilz.” (All I can think of is TS Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral.)

Another project underway is the installation of three gates at the entrances to the property, two on the south side of the Sanctuary and one at the main entrance. The use of the parking lot at night has continued to be a long-standing problem and this should finally solve it. It’s one of those situations where the sins of a few spill onto the lives of the many. I don’t have any problem with kids parking to go to the beach. Unfortunately, some of the night crowd (who obviously are not working on a tan) leave the place littered and have also disturbed the neighborhood.

fetscherDear Family,
I know today is not a liturgical feast day, but I wanted to jazz the masthead up a little in honor of what the notion of Independence Day means for people of faith.

For starters, our very independence as a nation is why we can gather to pray as we wish. The founding fathers knew God. They also knew there must be freedom to pursue Him.

Unfortunately, it took a while for that notion of freedom to work its way through the fabric of our nationhood to erase the barren bondage of slavery.

As I reflect (and I warn you it is the middle of the night as I write and so reflection becomes a little less disciplined), I’m asking myself, independence from what?... independence FOR what???

fetscherNews item: Monsignor Fetscher has fallen into an upholstery shop... Word has it... He is recovered.

That piece of wit came from good friend Dan Kroger.

The truth is, with your prayers, I am recovering. And believe me, the prayers are more important than you could possibly know. It’s funny how people will say “you’ve got my prayers and thoughts.” Somehow these days those words seem to be shallow on various occasions. But I can attest to the fact that they are not, at least for me. It was like in the misery I had people standing around me.

More than once, I was also thinking about how many people endure chronic illness and how many were suffering much worse.

fetscherDear Family,
Three jobs, seven kids, Thursday night grocery list from ads, Friday family grocery shopper, one beer, faithful partner, patient parent, silent patient... He crammed a lot into 53 years. I have always believed when he died, he heard a very resounding, “Well done, Fred. Enter the kingdom of your Lord.”

I have no doubt that my personal sense of a father/son relationship with God flows from the way I remember my Dad. I think it works that way with my brothers and sisters, too.

Dad had very clear ideas about ways of acting. He had a deep sense of fairness that I don’t think was always reciprocated, but you wouldn’t hear him saying much about it.

fetscherDear Family,
Here we are finally! Ordinary Time.

We have moved from the saving events of Lent/ Triduum/Eastertime, plus two exclamation point feasts added on to celebrate God’s love for us, most especially in the feeding we receive with Eucharist. We have moved into Ordinary Time.

Do you feel Ordinary? I don’t. It’s more like being launched on a glide path to interesting places. Jeff Bezos is taking his brother with him when he goes to float in space in July, but I didn’t get an invitation.

fetscherDear Family,
Today brings us two events to ponder and cele¬brate. The first, of course, is the second exclamation point after our Easter celebrations, today’s celebration of The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. (You can see why I prefer say simply, ‘Corpus Christi.’)

The first exclamation point was last Sunday’s celebration of the Trinity. As we heard, the feast isn’t about sacred mathematics, how three are in one, and one has three. (Sounds like an advertisement for oil.)

fetscherDear Family,
We learned it as little kids: One God and Three Persons. I don’t remember if I ever wondered about that. That was what Sister Madelpha taught me, so I never doubted it was true. I think my bottom-line feeling about it all was a comforting sense that God loved us. Did I need to know anything else?

After all these years, and multitudes of theological courses and researched backgrounds for homilies - I really do on occasion - and more than a little pon¬dering, I find out that I still have the same conviction that God still has it all worked out and still loves us, despite us...

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