Mark Saucier
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My father died 10 years ago on Oct. 4. We make what we can of a death, and so it seemed fitting that a man who loved the land and animals would take his earthly leave on the feast of St. Francis … more
The Bible, like all great literature, has boundless depth. No matter how familiar we are with a Scriptural passage, there is always some new insight that we can find, and often desperately need. I … more
This pandemic reminded me of serving Mass. At the lavabo, when I would pour water over the priest’s hands, he prayed in Latin words from Psalm 26: “I wash my hands in innocence and … more
We ventured out to visit a friend and sat on his deck, watching the sunset. The streams of golden light pierced the cedars and glanced across the still water of the lake. It was, like most … more
She was a Canaanite, an ethnic remnant of people who once occupied the land of Israel. Joshua defeated them, but they were never forgiven for being there first. She was a woman. She had few … more
August arrived disguised as May, and we ventured on a short hike with some of kids and grandkids. The children ranged in age from 10 to 1, the exact odds against them all enjoying the same … more
I’ve read that in Senegal, when an elder dies, they say, “A library has burned.”  It is appropriate when you think about it. Every person blessed with many years has … more
It was the best Father’s Day. For the first time in many months, we had all the kids and grandkids together. The weather was beautiful, with a gentle sun, a whispering breeze and comfortable … more
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” That quote of Martin Luther King Jr. has reappeared in recent days, encouraging a hope that we will get beyond the … more
“It’s time to quit patting the mule and start packing the wagon,” my grandfather would say, and I’d know it was time to get back to work. Like many of his time, and … more
The past weeks have been extraordinary and, by extraordinary I mean a singular time we hope never to repeat. It’s not just the number of cases and COVID-19 deaths. There are the lost jobs, … more
It’s hard. Children are off school, but playgrounds are taped off like crime scenes. In the fear of sickness and death, so many of the frightened are not allowed the comfort of a … more
This will be a Lent to remember. Almost everyone has accepted the challenge of sacrifice. You might say that all this self-denial and social concern wasn’t entirely free will. You might … more
I was standing on a furrow of stripped leaves in a sugarcane field, waiting among the workers as they gathered for the five kilos of rice we were giving each of them. Something tickled the side of … more
It’s Lent. You pass on the steak and settle for shrimp. It’s a small sacrifice — very small, even meaningless, some would say. Others think we need to ramp up the … more
Over the past few weeks, I have spent hours poring over dated files and faded pictures from some 40 years of work. There were black and white prints of people long gone, but suddenly and fondly … more
“Hey Grandpa. Come quick. You got to see this,” shouted my 3-year-old grandson. He was standing at the back door, staring out the glass panels. I got there just before his second … more
I’ve attended three funerals in five days. One was a priest of 57 years. He was challenging but rewarding. You had to slog through a slough of opinions, but the trek would often lead to deep … more
In our church, the Magi begin their journey at the far left side of the sanctuary. Over the 12 days of Christmas, they make their way across the apse, arriving at the Nativity scene just in time for … more
When men and women are trying to conquer addiction — and all its bad judgments, bad actions and bad outcomes — a punch bowl and urns of coffee are all you will find at the Christmas party … more
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