Mark Saucier
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A dear friend died last week and the world lost a much-needed saint. She was only the farmer’s daughter who grew up to be a wife and widow, mother of six and sole provider. She worked late … more
It began last Friday in our prayer group. We call it that, but it is just some guys struggling to keep it honest, caring and faithful, without surrendering a sense of humor. One man described … more
On a day of good faith, it occurred to me that I am in almost total agreement with Jesus. One might think that a good thing, but I know me. If I am agreeing with everything that Jesus says, then … more
My father-in-law died, 16 days shy of his 100th birthday. For a while, he seemed to be aiming for that elusive century mark, or maybe it was just the rest of us loading all the hope for our own … more
The other day I asked my 5-year-old granddaughter how she liked school. I got a tight smile and a dash of devil in her eyes. She put out her fist with her thumb extended. She turned it parallel to … more
At a wedding, we found ourselves at a table with a couple who were good friends with the groom’s parents. The men had worked together for over 30 years, and the four stayed close in … more
In grade school, I was taught by the Grammarian Sisters. Actually, they were Sisters of the Incarnate Word, but their commitment to good grammar for a bunch of country kids was heroic. I remember … more
With God, like all great comedians, it’s all about the timing. For us who appreciate the divine act, it’s all about waiting. Zechariah and Elizabeth knew about waiting. For years, … more
I’d guess he’s a student by the bookbag on his back and his usual proximity to the university. He is tall, thin and black — none of which would normally call attention or capture … more
“Out of the depths I call to you, Lord; Lord hear my cry.” I thought of Psalm 30 when we were visiting Carolyn’s 99-year-old father at his Utah nursing home. It was sung by … more
It was a baleful beginning to the week. On Monday, a former president and others received pipe bombs in the mail. A man in Florida assumed the seat of judgment and the only mercy in his court was the … more
In anticipation of its arrival, we spent the waning light picking the last fruits of the garden and lugging in the plants. We could feel it coming in the crispness of the air and hear its … more
Jesus repeatedly uses kingdom — the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven — to describe the fullness of life and profusion of love to which we are all invited. In the epistles, … more
I walked out the door of the infusion center following my final chemo session. After five months of potent drugs and uncomfortable side effects, it was over. Suddenly, the sunshine was … more
Leaning back in my chair, the sky fills three quarters of the window.   Today, it is crowded with billowing cumulus clouds, those puffy wads of white cotton gliding on a flat-bottomed … more
It has been an unsettling few weeks as the specter of abuse and cover-up once again raised its ugly head. Sin demands the light of day. Without it, those acts or omissions fester and rot, … more
An amazing thing about Scripture is its ability to be perennially new. Even the most familiar passages can offer insights that we have never considered before. All we have to do is to be … more
He had been with his wife as she talked and dozed in the infusion chair next to mine. He left for a while, returning with a carryout with an aroma that suggested a succulence and satisfaction … more
Chemotherapy has given me fatigue, neuropathy and blood clots. My biggest concern though, is all about food. We humans have 10,000 taste buds. They are grouped into categories — salty, … more
In our Monday group, we start with Sunday’s gospel and see where it goes. This time, it was Mark’s Parable of the Mustard Seed — that tiny seed growing into “the … more
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