Mark Saucier
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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