Mark Saucier
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I wish I knew her better. She was a peripheral friend — a fellow parishioner, someone I’d always say hello to, but never really got beyond the surface. Perhaps if I had known … more
“How you travel is where you arrive.” I found that little aphorism in some of my notes. There was no clue where it came from. Google didn’t even know. I thought it was … more
At first, I thought that it was someone out for a walk, but the hill was long and the rise steep, so unless they were in training, they could have picked an easier route. As I drove closer, I … more
Ann Reeves Jarvis was just another woman in the mountains of West Virginia in the 1800s. She was a mother, homemaker and Sunday school teacher. She was also an activist, organizing … more
I went for a walk the other day along a portion of the green belt near our house. It’s a peaceful path, meandering past a football field, a children’s park, tennis courts and open … more
I was making a pinhole projector so our granddaughter could experience her first solar eclipse like her grandparents did back when both the sun and the moon were much younger. While racing … more
Frank Silecchia was a New York native and an excavation laborer — a pick-and-shovel guy. When his city begged for search-and-rescue volunteers after the 9/11 attack, he stepped up. … more
“Familiarity breeds contempt.” That old Roman proverb, echoed in Augustine and Chaucer, stills rings true today. One exception, though, may be Scripture. Here, our … more
A cake, ablaze with candles toasting the shredded coconut at their feet, was no subtle reminder that another year had passed. In that piercing light, I could not deny that I had reached the … more
“I gave them the Beatitudes, and all they do is quote Leviticus...” I can see Jesus saying this, sighing and sadly shaking his head. Leviticus, of course, is part of the Torah, … more
Raw. Bitter. Numbing. Brutal. Take your pick, because this cold wave requires an adjective — an added word to communicate the life-threatening effects of sub-zero temperatures and … more
I don’t know if you noticed it, but another year has passed. It saddens me in some ways. I remember when it arrived, full of hope and promise. And then suddenly, it was gone, quietly … more
No Christmas pageant would be complete without a young girl in white dress and veil playing the role of Mary. Remember, though, that, unlike the men of the gospels, Mary was not allowed to take … more
Advent. From the Latin  adventus,  meaning coming or arrival. What is coming? Christmas. Incarnation. Emmanuel, the dwelling of God with us. What is coming? The Parousia, the … more
There’s a story of the Irish writer Samuel Becket on a walk with a friend in Paris on a beautiful spring morning. “Doesn’t this just make you feel happy to be alive?” his … more
Going through the mail the other day, I found a check for $905.45. Apparently, some overfed algorithm inferred that a retired couple of former Church workers could use extra cash. It was a … more
Years ago, I was in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Walking across a plaza, I saw a small group of people staring up at a mango tree. I looked up but saw nothing extraordinary until a man next to me … more
It is the most unmistakable sign of autumn. More than changing leaves, shortened days or cooler nights, it’s the falling locust pods that tell me that summer is past and winter is fast … more
On the surface, Jesus sells pretty well. Who wouldn’t want forgiveness, grace and eternal life? I know I do. But once you get into the weeds, it can be a little more challenging. … more
We were on a retreat in the rugged Ozark foothills — a day aside for prayer and reflection. In one of our silent hours, I ventured into the pathless woods.  The woods have always … more
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