Mark Saucier
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SAUCIER — Waste not

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

SAUCIER — A walk through the valley

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

SAUCIER — Together with bread

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

SAUCIER — Hardy and invasive

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

SAUCIER — I arise today

  I came upon a poem by David Whyte titled “What to Remember When Waking.”   It’s about that liminal moment when we first awaken — that fleeting time just … more

SAUCIER — Of the mighty acts of God

There was no mistaking it for the upper room: concrete floor, plastic chairs and a thick steel door. But there we were, a bunch of guys, most in orange jumpsuits and shackles, trying to stumble … more

SAUCIER: A blinding light along the road

It was 50 years ago. Hours after our high school graduation, a friend and I took off to spend the summer working in the missions in Peru. In Lima, the migration from the countryside had begun, … more

SAUCIER: A year of favor

The woman standing at the podium, notes in one hand and tissues in the other, confessed that long before the drugs and alcohol, she wanted to be a teacher, wanted to make a difference. It was … more

SAUCIER: Set apart from the gloom

It is easy to be all “Alleluia” and “He is Risen” when a vernal sun paints the land green and coaxes the daffodils to come out and play. When the garden craves its seed … more

SAUCIER: Better than I could have hoped

They told me that being a hope-filled person was important to my recovery.   I assured them I was. Why not? My life had worked out pretty well so far. But that was based on previous … more

Saucier: Things too marvelous for me

It began as an upset stomach, devolved into a blockage, and resulted in the removal of a mass from my colon.   God has a way of getting our attention. My first lesson was trust. I … more

Saucier: Sickness and separation

This meditation was originally published in the April 16, 2004, issue of The Catholic Missourian: By Mark Saucier   Something was wrong when I crawled under the covers with a sweatshirt … more

Saucier: Something funny going on

Satire uses humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule to expose human folly. We don’t tend to think of the Bible as satire, but when it comes to the story of Jonah, you can check every … more

Saucier: As is

My son bought the place “as is.” I quickly realized how limited my imagination was when it came to what that meant. There were a couple of old abandoned trucks accenting the lawn. Outbuildings … more

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

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

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
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