Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Kill the Messenger... We sure did that definitively when it came to Jesus. You might ask, “Where are you getting this ‘we’ from?” You are right. The “we” really should be “I”.

I find myself frequently holding a hammer, poised to strike another blow on a nail in a hand or a foot. Every time I mess something up when it comes to how I treat people, I realize I’m swinging the hammer, first at them, but ultimately at Jesus.

Anyone who knows me, knows that a hammer is the last thing they think I should be holding. Many an ‘expletive deleted’ merged when I failed to hit the nail, especially if the blow fell on a thumb instead.

fetscherDear Family,
This weekend the calendar calls us back 20 years. Who of us who were living then, will forget three numbers and a slash? The second plane hit while I was watching coverage of the first hit. The horror got summed up forever in “9/11”.

So many lost lives at the Twin Towers as well as the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania. Then came further loss of life with the illnesses that befell the firemen and other rescue workers, fumes breathed that would claim them in later years.

Three days after “9/11” the President went to the site and spent time with the rescue workers. Someone handed him a bullhorn.

fetscherDear Family,
I found the following commentary on the site of Catholic Australia. It seems very appropriate this weekend, - and all weekends.

The body of work that was to become known as Catholic Social Teaching began with an Encyclical letter written by Pope Leo XII in 1891 called Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labor). Successive popes have added to this body of teaching by ad¬dressing topics from the concentration of wealth to setting out conditions for world peace.

fetscherDear Family,
Thank you for your response to our appeal for Haiti after the August 14th earthquake. Last weekend 207 of you gave $ 2,668. We sent it to Catholic Charities which is putting together the collections from around the Archdiocese.

On Monday another parishioner brought a check for $200, and hopefully there will be more as time passes. I think we can do better.

You know I don’t preach a lot about money. You hear about money from me once a year at ABCD time. Last weekend when I said “we” sent the 5K at the Masses, you must understand that the “we” was a very wee group.

fetscherDear Family,
As I reflected on the readings for this weekend, the phrase “cut to the chase” came to mind.

When Joshua calls the tribes together, they get it. They see God has been with them and they pledge themselves to His service.

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is familiar to us. More than once over the years, I’ve heard a comment or two from those who don’t like hearing Paul say, “Wives, be subject to your husbands.” Sometimes, the threat of chauvinism blocks the hearing and they are slow to hear, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her.” In other words, the husband dies for his wife if that’s what it takes.

fetscherDear Family,
If you check the thesaurus for “assume” you see a long list of words and phrases. Buried in the middle is the phrase “take up.” Finally, some help to shape the word Assumption: Mary is “taken up.”

We sing the praises of Mary because she said “Yes” to the invitation of the angel to become the mother of God’s Son. Her body was a very special place – a true Tabernacle.

Recall a little theology 101. Because of her “Yes” Mary was preserved from original sin. It’s that sin and its effects that cause our bodies to die. She did not experience bodily death and when her moment came to leave this earth she was “Taken up” into the arms of her welcoming Son. What a reunion.

fetscherDear Family,
Tomorrow is my birthday. (80 at 9:45 a.m. EDT) Just send prayers! I excerpted (stole) the following from Matthew Kelly’s new book, Life is Messy. I am giving you the book for Christmas, but apropos of age, it’s an interesting approach Annie found.

Three Appointments
We are all required to keep three appointments: with self, with God, and the inevitable appointment with death. We may avoid, delay, resist, ignore, and otherwise pretend that these appointments are not on our schedule. It matters not. Life brings about these appointments whether we think we are ready or not.

fetscherDear Family,
Annie and I just got off the phone with Mary Wood, reviewing our fiscal 2020-2021 financial re¬port. Thank God for Mary who translates accountese into English for me. As soon as we have dotted the “t’s” and crossed the “i’s” we will get it out to you. First in line will be the faithful whose generosity keeps the lights on.

The Olympics are offering me numbers that are far more interesting than finances. These Olympians are truly remarkable. Sometimes when the TV coverage includes pieces about the backgrounds of some of the competitors, it makes their feats even more remarkable... ordinary people made extraordi¬nary by striving for exceptional outcomes in nothing less than heroic ways.

Single-minded focus propels them to leap, swim, hurl, run, flip and all the other skills involved in the 46 sports that are part of Tokyo Olympics 2020.

fetscherDear Family,
I have a new special prayer intention. I pray that those of you who need to renew your driver licenses may be spared the in-person process. For some reason, which I never figured out, I couldn’t do it by mail as I usually did. I think it has something to do with my age. Maybe they need visible proof that I was still capable of independent movement.

Anyway Dr. Lang certified my sight and off I went. First, one hour outside the office. I stupidly went at 11:30 so you can image the heat. We all wound around hoping for the A.C. Then inside three more hours. The people who work there are all very nice. Still, you have no idea how much I kept praying, “O Lord, please let them call F701.” Is that how you feel waiting for your Bingo number to be called?

fetscherDear Family,

That’s how I ended last week’s Twitch. I think maybe the folks in the condos might have heard my sigh of relief. As I was finishing the Twitch the engineer told us we were okay. All we need to do is put down a little mesh and concrete mixture to smooth out the cracks. That will happen soon.

As those extraordinary rescue workers continued their search on the rubble in Surfside, I couldn’t help but be a little distracted about cracks in buildings, especially our building.

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