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Saucier: Out of the cold

A seafaring captain in Mark Twain’s Following the Equator tells of an Arctic voyage so cold that the mate’s shadow froze to the deck and had to be ripped loose by brute strength. With wind … more

Saucier: Of all who give and receive

I went to a Christmas party the other evening. Like most seasonal soirees, the food was tasty and plentiful. The conversation was lively, engulfed in laughter. But, there wasn’t a drop of … more

Saucier: Eternal vigilance

Three people had died and were waiting at heaven’s gate for their papers to be processed. Making conversation, St. Peter asked them what words they would like to hear as they lay in their … more

Vogel: Wait for the Lord ...

“Be watchful! Be alert! ...” Jesus’ words are unsettling, a warning of things to come but we are not told what it is that is coming. Is it danger? What fate will befall us? Or is it a … more

Saucier: Down to the third generation

We spent a month — no, it was a long weekend — caring for some of our grandchildren while their parents were out of town. There were four of them, 5 and under, abetted by a dog. There were only … more

Vogel: In all things, humility

Again, Jesus admonishes the Jewish elite of His time. How had God’s Chosen People become so corrupted? Perhaps a better question is, “How can a humble person be a leader in a society … more

Saucier: It is right and just

In addition to the hours of cooking, schlepping of kids and casseroles, and biting your tongue at an in-law’s political rant, Thanksgiving is our one national day of giving thanks. That is a lot … more

Saucier: Grace in place

I remember my grandmother, seeing someone down on their luck, saying, “There but for the grace of God go I.” I doubt that she knew that was attributed to John Bradford, a 16th-century English … more

Saucier: You know not

Walking into the obstetrics unit, I noticed a young bearded man kneeling in the corner of the waiting room. He sat back on his heels, lips whispering words, and then leaned to touch his forehead to … more

Saucier: A faraway look

Leaving the airport, I pulled to the side of the street to get my bearings. I studied my many options on the signs ahead, then the harbor to my right caught my eye. The water lapping against … more

Father Geoffrey Brooke reflects on discerning the Priesthood

“You know you’ll never get married or have kids?” More often than not, that was the response I got when telling someone I was studying to be a Catholic priest. It was usually followed with, … more

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord ...

For the Month of Remembrance, the chairman of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission offers the following thoughts on the Catholic Funeral Rites and Burial: “In the face of death, the Church … more

Saucier: Command performance

The Pharisees tried to get Him on taxes, but Jesus went all Solomon with His “Render unto Caesar.” They thought they’d take another shot — this time with the law. A scholar asked the … more

Vogel: In truth and humility

Jesus taunts the religious authorities, the Pharisees and the Herodians. These were politically motivated groups that opposed each other but conspired together against Jesus. It’s easy to … more

Saucier: In the absence of light

It is dark to the west. Rain is not as much threatened as promised in the silence of the sky and the stillness of the leaves. It is not a storm, more like nature just needs a good … more
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