Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherFourth Sunday of Easter

Dear Family,
With the Lord’s help this is the last Twitch I will have to write from “seclusion.” Next Monday I hope to return the toil and sweat of the factory. Ok, Ok… I know that one won’t sell since Annie does most of the toiling.

As I said last week, the problem with recovery is that your world shrinks and you become very self-preoccupied. It also makes me think far more empathetically about people who are shut in and the importance of bringing some kind of different light into their worlds.

fetscherThird Sunday of Easter
Dear Family,
I’m sitting at a computer for the first time in seven weeks and I’m seeing it as though I had never been here before. I dictated the Easter letter by voice mail to Annie who made some sense of it.

I wonder if those of you who have gone through various illnesses had the same experience I am having – a sense that your situation is the center of the world and nothing else matters much. From that point of view the sooner I’m back in the trenches the better I’ll feel. I’ll discover that the world didn’t shift off its axis while I was gone – despite the presidential primaries. Actually I am kind of glad for all the foolishness because it was diverting. God help us. He has in the past and I’m confident “under God” means He will still “shed his grace” on us. We just need to remember to ask for it.

fetscherEaster Sunday

Dear Family,
Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! That's today's headline. St. Paul tells us if Jesus is not risen from the dead our faith is in vain.

When Annie asked me if I wanted to write the Easter Twitch, of course my first thought was yes. Since then my mind kept turning over and over trying to find just exactly what it is I want to say.

The first thought I had was even though these have been tricky days and I certainly did not expect to spend most of Lent recovering from an unexpected surgery, nevertheless I did not want to wind up writing about me and not about the Mystery that is central to our Faith.  If Jesus is at the core of my life, of all that I hold dear, of all that I expect to embrace in the future, how does he get his arms around my situation or - maybe the other way around- how do I try to get my arms around his passion? I think I've had some
powerful experiences of both.

Palm Sunday

Dear Fellow Parishioners,
While the Monsignor is recovering a few of us in the Parish have been asked to fill in with a twitch for the bulletin each week. I’m the one chosen to write for Palm Sunday. For me this Sunday was always a day I looked forward to celebrating. It’s a day of great joy in the Church calendar. Jesus is welcomed into the city as a hero among his people. We of course are given palms to signify the welcoming of Jesus.

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