Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

Guest "Twitcher” - Simon Rave
Dear Parish Family,
I would like to start off by thanking everyone who made this once in a lifetime experience possible. Now back from my pilgrimage, I would like to share some of the most memorable experiences I had in Poland. The greatest of them all was the opportunity to meet people from all around the globe, even the countries that seemed to only exist in my geography textbook.

Guest Twitcher: Marcus Mickey

Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Thank you, or as said in Polish: Dziekuje! I had a trip of a lifetime and now that I have returned from World Youth Day, I hope I can regale you with just a few of the memories I made along the way. The beauty of World Youth Day was getting to meet people from six continents and more than 150 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and South Korea.

fetscherDear Family,  
Tomorrow, August 15th, the Feast of the Assumpon of the Blessed Virgin Mary is NOT a holy day of obligation.  Nevertheless, it is a special me to honor Mary.  She was assumed into heaven because she had been preserved from original sin.  That’s what we celebrate on December 8th with the feast of the Immaculate Conception.  

I don’t know how many years it took – and I’m not sure I should admit it, but one day it hit me that the effect of original sin is death of the body.  From the fifth century the Church celebrated the “dormition” of Mary, her “falling asleep.”  That’s why we celebrate her Assumption, precisely because her physical body wasn’t subject to the effects of original sin, the corrupon of her physical body through death of that body. 

fetscherDear Family,
As usual, I’m writing this about a week before you read it, so it’s always an adventure to see how the week will turn out. You hope for good things and you pray for them. Then there are the tragedies that bring sadness and emptiness, and we run out of words.

I think it was on 60 Minutes last Sunday that I saw an interview with a man who had been falsely imprisoned for many years. The interviewer asked him something about how he was reacting to be free. His answer was that he simply was grateful for each day. That’s how he was taking it all in, day by day. On top of that he was not angry because it was a waste of energy. I can’t help but wonder what my reaction would be in his situation.

fetscherDear Family,  
It was nice to be at all the liturgies last Sunday. Thanks to Archbishop Keleher and Father Mike Hippee and Father Gary Wiesmann and Father Ronnie Brohammer and Father Jim Nero who ministered to you over the last weeks and months.  It’s hard to believe this all started on February 17th.  Your response to them was very hospitable and I thank you for that.  That virtue seems to mark us.  I receive so many nice leers from visitors you take to their hotels aer Mass.  Somemes not only are people grateful, but they almost sound surprised.  I’m sure we have our sins but I hope inhospitality will never be one of them.  

fetscherDear Family,  
As you know, I usually write these Twitches early in the week prior to the weekend you read it.  Right now it is (last) Monday, the 18th and the news is filled with the tragic details of the deaths of the Baton Rouge policemen.  That was the latest in the series of assaults on the very fabric of our consciousness.  

This morning, the daily Mass readings included Micah 6:8: You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.   

The question I asked of myself and the folk at Mass was, “How do we make the Gospel work amid this heartbreaking chaos?” 

fetscherDear Family,   
Sometimes things do bear repeating.  One of them is my gratude for the loving concern you have shown me once again.  The last lile hiccup on the road to recovery brought me addional prayers and notes.  Those kind words and thoughts are an inspiraon to want to do beer.  I think the areas I want to look at are “sins of omission.”    

It does raise an interesng idea, though.  As a general thought, do you ever think about what you say or how you say it in terms of how someone else might actually hear it?  Your cards and thoughts were sent out of concern for my parcular need.   

fetscherDear Family,
Archbishop Jim Keleher is in town for a couple of weeks. The first thing he usually says is, “What can I do for you?” Although I’ve only known him for five years since I’ve been here, I suspect that question pretty much has shaped his 58 years of priesthood.
He had a lot of jobs over the years and so I think a lot of bishops said, “Well, since you asked, what about…?” I suspect that maybe many didn’t precede the assignment with, “Well, since you asked…”

fetscherDear Family,
The font for 'Independence Day' above is my attempt at giving you some little fireworks. The question is will the font make it through the various edits we need to get the bulletin done. Another mystery a lot like life!

I'm writing earlier than usual because I have another round in the hospital on the days I would normally be 'Twitching'. The people at Holy Cross are all great but the continuing saga of soggy lungs is so old it's got a beard.

So as I am thinking about 'Independence,' I realize the word can mean a whole lot of things depending on your situation, virtue and vice, both.

Dear Family,  
fetscherEver since Last Sunday night, I’ve been thinking about Father Joe Carney, a classmate of mine from the class of 1968.  He came from Euclid which is a suburb of Cleveland and I think he would have been delighted that the “Cavs” won the ABA championship.  How many years (like Boston) did the town go without a major sports championship?  When the Marlins won our first World Series from Cleveland in 1997, I don’t think I ever rubbed it in too much, but I can’t be sure if there wasn’t a chuckle or two.  

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