Mark Saucier
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As a kid, I knew that St. Blaise was the patron saint of throat ailments because his blessing was on my birthday, and I narrowly escaped the horror of being named Blaise. After that, I never paid … more
An iconic image in Celtic spirituality is the apostle John reclining next to Jesus at the Last Supper. According to the Gospel of John, the apostle lays his head on the chest of Jesus to look up … more
So, what’s it to you? It wasn’t taunting but haunting, relentlessly popping up over the past few days. The “it,” in this case, is the cross, and the question a bit of … more
It is one of the most familiar parables. The son demands the inheritance from his father, gets it, blows through it living the high life, and then sinks into destitution. Penniless, hungry and … more
It’s a wonder where a word will take you. In a book I’m reading, the author briefly references “Dayenu,” a song sung at Passover, recalling the kindness of God in the … more
For many of us, Lent begins with those sober words: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” This echo of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden cautions us … more
Last Sunday, a line in the first reading from Jeremiah hit me. The “weeping prophet” struck a joyful note when he described one who trusts in the Lord as “a tree planted beside the … more
Meteorologists were cooking up the perfect storm with every ingredient they could find. “Blizzard conditions,” they said, and people ran out to buy up milk and ice-melt. Kids got off … more
I don’t know if it is a lack of creativity in the deepest doldrums of winter, but I tend to write a kind of personal State of the Union message about now. It is another birthday this week. … more
He knew it wasn’t his best sermon. He wandered, gave too much information, and few got his hilarious joke. He failed to read the room and lost most listeners before he got … more
We received a video of our youngest grandchild who just turned 1. This was her first Christmas in which she was a conscious participant, and she loved every minute of it. That was until Daddy … more
Have you ever tried to map your thoughts? Sometimes they flow like a stream of logic, at other times, they’re more a grasshopper on steroids. The other day, I experienced what appeared to … more
As kids, we had Advent wreaths made of coat hangers, cedar greens and nubby candles my mother refused to toss as long as there was some light left in them.  Advent means “coming,” … more
I parked my car across the street. Getting out, I looked at our yard and saw the full autumn palette of golds and oranges and reds diffused among the trees. But there was one that, at the very … more
As temperatures and leaves began to fall, I took to the yard to prepare for winter. Like so many other gardeners and lawn stewards, I cut back dying plants, raked those annoying locust pods, and … more
We are preparing to go to Mexico where our small foundation feeds some 600 students every day. These are Mayan children living in rural villages. COVID closed these communities, along with their … more
“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
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