Mark Saucier
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“Christ and the Rich Young Ruler” is a painting by the German Heinrich Hofmann. Two things about that work strike me. The first is how Hofmann tells the story in the … more
On Sunday, the first reading was from Numbers. Generally, the purpose of the first reading is to thematically set the table for the Gospel. In this case, Joshua jealously complains to Moses about … more
Our daughter-in-law was changing her 2-year-old. The little one looked up at her mother and said, “Mommy, you’re pretty.” Mommy gently kissed her and replied, “Caroline, … more
“Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” I could picture Athenaeus time-traveling from third century Egypt to our firepit in northwest … more
We had two women graduate our recovery program last week.  One was simply bubbly, with a smile that would melt an iceberg. In another life, she might have been a teacher or a … more
Another beautiful day — sunny, a gentle breeze and the ocean in mid-tide. With neither the tumultuous swells of high tide, nor the languid waters of low, the sea was undulating and … more
My friend is an Irish nun, an English nurse, and a Peruvian missionary. I met her over 40 years ago when she was an energetic idealist with a call to dress the wounds, cure the sickness, and hold … more
Overhearing their conversation was unavoidable. It was intense — not heated but genuine, not loud but impassioned. It was not what you would expect from two men standing at an ab … more
We do mission work in Yucatan. Among the many attractions of that Mexican state is the Chicxulub Crater, formed some 66 million years ago when an asteroid crashed into earth, leaving a hole 12 miles … more
I was waiting for the plumber at one of our ministry houses and I decided to rest a minute on the front porch. It was one of those perfect moments. A light rain was falling, the slightest breeze … more
Our granddaughter looked up from her artwork and asked, “Grandpa, what is your favorite color?” “Blue,” I answered, as I always had since a kid. She registered the … more
In the Acts of the Apostles, we see the burgeoning life of the early Christian community and people on fire to share this life with others. It also holds up a mirror in which we can see ourselves … more
Covid has caused many to consider the uncertainty of life. Sales of headstones have increased, and the term “bucket list” is popping up in articles and ads. That’s good. … more
I sat at one of the tables in the yard after our Easter brunch, watching a dozen kids flitting about, looking for hidden eggs and screaming like a miner discovering gold when they found one. It … more
In his book, Hope for Judas, Jesuit Father Christoph Wrembeck has a picture from a 12th-century church in France. Carved into the block of stone atop one of the towering columns, there are two … more
A friend died the other day. He was a good man. My wife was his spiritual director and gave a beautiful eulogy at his funeral. One thing she mentioned was his poetry. He was able to take the … more
We have a house for people coming out of prison with an addiction history. Like its residents, the old structure is broken and in need of repair. It’s a place where, when you start to work … more
After enduring pandemic, politics and a polar vortex, everyone could do with a rainbow, and we get it in Sunday’s first reading from Genesis.  God set a bow across the sky as a reminder … more
Pope Francis just declared an annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. I write this after a long drive to meet the newest addition to our clan, and on the eve of another birthday that … more
In the gospel of John, the very first words of Jesus pose an eternal question. Andrew and another apostle-to-be were disciples of John the Baptist. One day, when their paths crossed, the Baptizer … more
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