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cupichDear Family,
The following is a letter of Chicago’s Archbishop, Cardinal Blaise Cupich. It says what I wanted to say in this Twitch so much better than I would have.

May 31, 2020
The past nights I have watched in great person¬al pain as the pent-up anger of our people caught fire across our country. I saw the city where I was born, the cities where I have lived, the city I pastor now, catch embers from the city where I was educated and burn. Was I horrified at the violence? Yes. But was I surprised? No.

fetscherDear Family,
I’m writing on Tuesday the 26th from the banks of Lake Sebastian. So far, the ducks have not appeared, but any moment I expect to see them swimming across the pond (aka the flooded green field.)

Boy, is there a lot of water. After the rainfall last night, I can understand why folk should always heed rising water warnings. I’ve never had pooling water in my backyard before. I guess this is one way of celebrating the Easter Vigil ceremony with the blessing of the baptismal waters.

fetscherDear Family,
You know I write this bulletin a week ahead, but I’ve just heard that we open next week. Hope does not disappoint! What a way to celebrate Pentecost.

I’m trying to decide what we may have learned from this remarkable one-time (I hope) event in our lives. I can only speak for me.

I’m still working on it, but one thing I’ve realized is that my relationship with the Lord isn’t what I thought (or hoped) it was. As long as there were a hundred things competing for every one of my minutes, I was very engaged and active. But so much of that faded away in the isolation of shutdown, there was almost a void.

fetscherDear Family,
I hope you’re not getting too comfortable. The curse of the couch potato... I won’t say I’m falling into the category, but I do have to wonder about the third and fourth eye that is trying to appear in the middle of my forehead. Don’t worry if that doesn’t make sense to you...

I DO hope that you are taking the time to check out the readings for today’s liturgy. Check out the Bishops’ site. Just put ‘USCCB Daily Readings’ in your search bar, and “Voila” there you have it, even audio versions if you want.

When I look at the readings in the context of all we are going through right now with COVID-19, I’m hearing from Acts, “how are we taking care of the needy in the world?”

fetscherDear Family,
Nearly 40 years ago, Rabbi Harold S. Kushner wrote what turned out to be a best seller: “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” Rabbi Kushner’s book was inspired by the life and death of his son, Aaron, who was born with progeria (“rapid aging,”). The disease finally claimed Aaron just after his 14th birthday.

For probably most of those years I remembered the name of the work as, “Why do bad things Happen to Good People.” What a surprise to find out that I had a correction to make.

fetscherDear Family,
Eileen Wirth is the retired chair of the department of journalism at Creighton University, but continues to write for their daily scripture reflections. I stole this for you because it touched me very much and captured how I feel on this special EMMAUS Day.

Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way, and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread. - Luke 24:35

fetscherDear Family,
In 1935, the first Mass was celebrated in front of the image of the painting of Divine Mercy. Sister (now Saint) Faustina Kowalska, was present. With her personal revelations from the Lord, we came to understand the devotion to Divine Mercy. She was told to keep a diary of what she heard from the Lord. One notation read:

“My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls. ... If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them and that it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy.”

fetscherDear Family,
Over the years, the CHEER of people who make the Emmaus Retreat experience is what you see above: Jesus Christ is Risen. He is Risen, Indeed!
What a great act of faith. Yet that act of faith is the expression and the hope of everything we are, and everything we seek for all eternity.
Our act of faith is important right now. Each of us has had tragedies and fears and unknowns to deal with in our lives, but rarely – if ever – did we all have them at the same time.

As I write early (for the bulletin deadline) on April 3rd, our county has been shut down for eight days, thanks to wise county officials. (I wish the whole state had been brought to closure as quickly.)

fetscherDear Family,
I am writing this Twitch on March 26, 2020. Around holidays we always have early publication needs. So here I am 10 days before Palm Sunday wondering what will be relevant as you read this.

Now I am laughing and maybe crying at the same time, and perhaps for the same reason: who knows what the next ten days will bring? I sure couldn’t have predicted the last ten.

One nice thing to think about is if you are reading this, at least we haven’t blown ourselves up yet.

fetscherDear Family,
Love and peace to all of you!

BASIC STUFF

1. THE OFFICE IS OPEN 10:00 AM TO 12 NOON MONDAY THRU FRIDAY. That could change so call before you come. Don’t come unless it‘s necessary.

2. THE PARISH NUMBER, 954-524-9344, WILL BE OPERATIVE 24/7. If you get a voicemail, it is because I am temporarily “indisposed.” Call again.

3. PUT UP WITH MY SENSE OF HUMOR. I ONLY HOPE IT HELPS YOU AS MUCH AS IT DOES ME. (When this is all over, ask me about why people hoarded toilet paper.)

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