Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

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…”

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