Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Time seems to rush by. That means we are having fun, right? Well, if Oktoberfest is any measure, the word ‘fun’ is just right.

Saying thanks to all who made it possible isn’t something that’s obligatory. “Thanks” seems overwhelmingly inadequate, especially when little glitches raise their heads.

Our Brewmeister, the Keeper of the Kegs, Fred Schmid, had one of the challenges when he went to a lot of trouble to get an authentic Oktoberfest beer, only to discover it came with some mold. SO... necessity is the mother of invention and he quickly found another brew, which I thought was really good.

Dear Family,
Today our parish commemorates Bread for the World Sunday. The following article provides food for thought on the issue of hunger. I offer it for your reflection.

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fetscherDear Family,
Every time I hear the word “Tradition,” I think of Zero Mostel singing the song of the same name from “Fiddler on the Roof.” No one danced Tevye better than he did. Who better than Zero could help us remember one of our best traditions in the parish, Oktoberfest.

This Friday we gather once again to celebrate! Celebrate whatever you like. Fall colors! (In Flori¬da we watch the palm trees turn to a lighter green from the dark greens of summer.) Tapping beer kegs which amazingly appear on time under the careful guidance of our time-tested Brewmeister, Fred Schmid. Grilled sausages of varying types from Grillmeister, Brian McMahon. My personal favorite, a good sauerkraut.

fetscherDear Family,
Pain. Strange word for a Twitch heading.

Ultimately from the Latin poena, the word relates to penalty or punishment, especially as it results from crime. Check out the Thesaurus and you’ll find a plethora of synonyms, I counted 37! Imagine, 37 different ways of describing human discomfort/agony. That’s some testament to the human experience.

There are all kinds of pain; physical, emotional, psychological, etc. You name it and you can usually find it somewhere.

For me, it seems I have experienced a small bushelful in the last couple of weeks.

fetscherDear Family,
As I begin, I haven’t a clue as to where this Twitch is going or where it will end. SO, what else is new?

The process, though, is worth thinking about. I come not knowing what needs to be noticed, or announced, or celebrated, or mourned, but I sit down in front of the keyboard to try and make sense out of a jumble of thoughts.

And there you are! It’s the process of life itself, sorting things out as best you can and trying to deal with them one by one because there are no magic wands that simply let you go “Poof” and it’s all done without any further effort needed.

Spend a few moments simply reading through this prayer slowly. Then pray it.
You are recharging our environment in this simple act of reflection.

Season of Creation 2019 Prayer

fetscherDear Family,
Did you know that you are biodegradable? Ashes to ashes; dust to dust. That’s what we were and that’s what we will be.  The nice thing about being biodegradable is that ultimately you are still contributing to the nature which spawned you. It kind of gives a deeper meaning to fertilizer, no pun intended.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about many of the things we use from day to day. Plastics in huge amounts come to mind.

If you want to have some very troubling moments about what your kids and grandkids are going to inherit from us, simply go to the internet and type in Covering Climate Now or Ocean Pollution – and that’s just for starters.

fetscherDear Family,
Do you recall Barbra Streisand’s song, “The Way We Were”? A couple of lines have been haunting me.

Mem’ries, light the corners of my mind...
What’s too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget...

As it often can be the case with so many things, one day something has huge importance; the next day we’ve moved on to the next “huge importance.”

fetscherDear Family,
You know how I feel about surprises. After 51 years of ministry and 38 years of writing weekly pastor's letters, this is a first.

As I write on Labor Day, my surprise is finding myself waiting with all of you to see how we make out with Dorian. If you are reading this, then I guess we made it. It will be really exciting if we have power, but being a good Irishman, I can't help feeling a little guilty for having it when I suspect many others won't.

As I said last Sunday, my greatest stress has been watching the northern Bahamas being decimated. At this point all I have are hints of the vast destruction, but as their closest neighbors we South Floridians need to do all we can to help them.

fetscherDear Family,
For a while I have wanted to reflect a bit on cremation. For over thirty years, now, the Church has allowed cremation. When I was growing up, that was a big taboo. Later, I understood the reasoning behind the prohibition. It related to European Freemasonry which encouraged cremation as a sign that there was no afterlife. Masons aren’t there now, at least in the U.S.

The bigger issue is the reverence the Church has always had for the body. As I’ve said at many funerals, “our bodies are living breathing walking talking temples of the Holy Spirit and God lives in us.” Credit St. Paul for that inspiration.

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