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fetscherDear Family,
Strive! Onomatopoeia is one way a poet can create sounds in a poem. So says Siri when I asked. I heard today’s gospel about getting into heaven, and the word Jesus uses, according to Luke, is strive. If you say it a little forcefully, you get a sense of energy and movement. But Luke didn’t write in English.

So, I cracked my (dusty) Greek New Testament, and sure enough there it was: ‘agonizomai.’ That’s even stronger. You can see the roots of the word agony there. So, the point is, Jesus really stresses that you need energy to get to the Kingdom and then INTO the Kingdom... and it ‘ain’t‘ easy. When Jesus says the way is narrow, it’s not the number trying to get through that makes it hard. I think Jesus means everyone has their own narrow door. Getting through to heaven takes dedicated attention and consistent strength.

fetscherDear Family,
As I begin this Twitch, the very first thing I want to say is “Thank You” to those of you who sent me cards and good wishes for my birthday. Nancy Adams and her team put together a happy surprise coffee and cupcakes after Mass on the day itself.

You may have heard me remark in the past that I hate surprises. I was thinking about that and wondering why. Maybe subconsciously it’s a fear of not having control of something... of everything???

fetscherDear Family,
Do you ever catch yourself looking at a word you just wrote and asking yourself if you spelled it correctly? That’s what I did with Grieving.

I spelled it right. It just didn’t look right. Maybe that’s the point; grieving never lets you see things quite clearly. Perhaps that’s why when someone is in grief, so often, well-meaning people around them almost rush them along through the grief in an anxious attempt to make things “normal” again. Even when we have to grieve about something personally, we still seem to be slow-learners.

fetscherDear Family,
Last Sunday’s indoor picnic was a blast. The way the Pastoral Council members all pitched in really blessed our summer. They enlisted the help of others and together we had a great time. Special thanks to Scotty, whose superior pancake grill was repurposed for excellent burgers and dogs. You can’t beat a Nathan’s frank, nor can you duplicate a Martinez spatula.

Not least on my list of appreciated moments was being able to scoop out a (modest) ball or two (ok, three) of softened ice cream. That way you could get a good blob without grunting. Also, you could scoop more quickly before too many people noticed. Connie Reed was an encouraging face behind the tubs. She didn’t count my scoops.
Depending on when the count was made, somewhere between 59 and 80 people made it. If you didn’t make it, not to worry, because I’m sure I had a little of yours. You missed a good time. I remember remarking to someone that as I looked around the room, I saw the core of the sunbird (year-rounds) parish. It was a nice place to be.

fetscherDear Family,
How’s that for a heading looking for attention? No funeral is a picnic, and you sure hope your picnics will be happier than a funeral.

Well, today is about Picnics, specifically the one that starts this afternoon (Sunday) at 4 p.m Our deep thanks to the Pastoral Council and the extra hands of the Martini’s, (aka Scott and Sue Martinez.) Since an Ice Cream Social is thrown in for dessert, the only thing outside are the grills and the grillmeister (Scotty) for the hot dogs and hamburgers. I really hope you signed up, but if you didn’t take a chance. We’ll probably be able to stretch it. I’d like to take this moment to thank Pastoral Council Members Nancy Adams, (pres.), Frank Krauser, (v.p.), July Fisher (sec.), Rosemary Guerin, Chuck Wobby, Ann Murry, Liz Calhoun, and Connie Reed. A pastor couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch of people to work with.

fetscherDear Family,
I’m writing this Twitch on July 16TH. Today is Bubba’s 10th birthday, (70th to us humans.) Nothing will please him more than an extra Beggin’ Strip. (Come to think of it, extra bacon strips are always welcome!) There will also be a Ritz cracker with a little peanut butter. The latter is the suggestion of Gisella Reyes who specializes in pet specialties. Ask Muqui (moo-key) the very happy cat who resides in the Calderon-Reyes abode. If I remember correctly, Muqui gives a whole new meaning to the concept of fat cat. She passed the pleasingly plump stage long ago.

fetscherDear Family,
“...it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out."

From Deuteronomy 30, we hear Moses speaking to the Israelites as they are about to follow Joshua into the promised land. What is the “it” Moses speaks of? As you heard in the first reading this weekend, the “it” is the LAW! Hold that thought…

fetscherDear Family,
On May 24, 2015, the feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis published his second encyclical. He began “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Fran-cis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs”.

fetscherDear Family,
We come back to Ordinary Time. Lent, The Sacred Triduum in Holy Week, Eastertime, Pentecost and Corpus Christi all led us to this moment. As I’ve been saying on Sunday, all those events set us up to enter into the real work Jesus gives us. It is our ordinary way of being, being his disciples.

For the fun of it, I went and looked up the word, ordinary, in the dictionary. The first thing Meriam-Webster mentioned was the title given to a bishop of a diocese. Then as you read on you get the sense that ‘ordinary’ isn’t such a great word. There was more commentary that made the word sound run-of-the-mill and mediocre.

I was kind of disappointed because I’ve been focusing on the idea that Jesus gave us word and example. He gave us a way of living. Not only did He do that, but He also have us himself in word, in making us a part of His Body through baptism, and then he gave us the extraordinary gift of Himself in the Eucharist. That’s what all our celebrations were about. I just said, “extraordinary gift of Himself.”

fetscherDear Family,
Today we celebrate the Feast of The Body of Christ, aka Corpus Christi. The history of the feast itself goes back to the thirteenth century, although from the very beginning the Church knew there was a very special and unique meaning to the words of Jesus, “This is my Body, ... This is my Blood.”

The western world was emerging from the “Dark Ages,” more or less the fifth to the 12th centuries. The Huns and the Ostrogoths and the Visigoths and all those strange people had come in their respective waves. Now, especially for the Church, the thirteenth century produced people like Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Anthony of Padua, Albert the Great, Margaret of Hungary, Francis and Clare of Assisi, and on and on. It was indeed, as the book by James J. Walsh indicated, “The Thirteenth, the Greatest of Centuries.”

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