Mark Saucier
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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

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

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 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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 — 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 — 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: 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: 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 — 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
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