Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Thanks to so many of you for your great birthday cards and good wishes. I remember years ago writing about how interesting it is that people play hide and seek about their ages for much of their lives. Then there comes a point where they cross some invisible barrier and all of a sudden, it’s okay not only talk about your age, but actually boast about it.

I don’t know if I’m ready to boast about 79, but I must say it doesn’t feel too bad at all. There are some of us who are contemplating having a big blowout for our 80th. There are a few of the class of 1941 floating around, and the ones I know are party types. Come on 80! (By the way, we’ll make sure that the little herd of you who are nonagenari¬ans will get a special invite, too.)

God knows we could use a party or two as we labor to survive pandemics and political chaos.

In the second scripture today from Romans. Paul says, ‘Where sin has increased there is grace all the more greater.’ That’s my wording but Paul’s promise.

I couldn’t help but think that maybe precisely because of the great weight we are bearing with the stuff going on today, we have a promise that we can reach out and grasp the grace that the Lord is offering. The greater the challenges, the greater the help.

The trick is not letting the din drown out the quiet whisper of the Lord coming from the back of the cave that we heard about last week. Ezekiel heard it, and so can we.
Last night I was having a very happy porch/ rosary moment. I enjoyed seeing the bright sparkle of Sirius, and being aware of the Lord’s presence. I said to me, “Why can’t you get this sense of presence during the day?” Then I responded to me and said, “All you have to do is decide to take the Lord there.” Would you believe that this morning I remembered to consciously ask him to come along as I was rolling out the doors of the Sanctuary after our 8:00 a.m. Mass? But...

Having the peaceful moments at the altar celebrating the Eucharist with some friends is one thing. Rolling out into the August heat is something else. Heat distracts. Heat makes you self-centered (i.e. where can I get some water.) The office awaits and so does Frankie. He’s easy. A Beggin Strip and a Healthy Choice Biscuit. Then into the fray.

Well, the day has past it’s midway point. Writing this Twitch becomes the focus. “Are you here, Lord?” Well, obviously he must be since I’ve gotten this far. But you have to admit, this might be one of the strangest Twitches you can remember reading in a long time.

Tonight the Perseids meteor shower comes. I’m hoping the quarter moon won’t diminish the meteor light too much. I’m chuckling to myself as I think that the world is skating around the edges of total insanity, and here I am thinking about meteor showers.

Ah well, perhaps the point is that we must make room for starlight. Mary, Star of the Sea, lighten our way.

In Jesus,
sign frjim

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