Mark Saucier
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Reading has always been for me a way of finding how others have marked the trail. Their words often inspire my own. But there are always too many for me, so I share these for your … more
“Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth where moth and decay destroy,” Jesus said. Maybe the uncomely orbiter of light annoyed Him. Maybe He found holes in His favorite … more
At our Friday group, we talk about our week. Sometimes a common theme appears. This time, a number of the guys mentioned how blessed or grateful they felt because of someone or some event in their … more
In August, she said she was feeling fine. In September, she died from the metastatic breast cancer she had lived with since 2002. The death of Cokie Roberts was all over the news. A journalist for … more
Guilt is a great recruiter, even on a sunny Saturday in September. There were other things that I preferred to be doing, but I hadn’t helped much lately. So there I was, standing outside of … more
There is something about a couple of inches of rain in late August. The grass, only days before struggling in the arid summer heat, suddenly surges back to life. The flowers seem to have a new … more
We had a commencement at Healing House. Previous ones had women with their stories of abuse, drugs, bad behavior and lost children — a downward spiral until they found God waiting at the … more
A little early and with limited fanfare, we had another addition to the family last week. Caroline Louise made her debut, cute as a button and a testament to God’s hope for the … more
We were having a planning session, discussing a vision of what our work might look like in five years. One participant, after painting a detailed picture of what she saw as needed, finished by … more
We spent a week on the Carolina coast. Each morning, I’d take a chair and a book to the beach. I’d swim in the warm water and then work my way through a few sandy pages, but mostly … more
My days have been crowded and dimmed by bad news. Harried times and sad times have a desiccant effect, making my mood brittle, my soul dry. Wednesday morning arrived early before the darkness had … more
A dear friend died last week and the world lost a much-needed saint. She was only the farmer’s daughter who grew up to be a wife and widow, mother of six and sole provider. She worked late … more
It began last Friday in our prayer group. We call it that, but it is just some guys struggling to keep it honest, caring and faithful, without surrendering a sense of humor. One man described … more
On a day of good faith, it occurred to me that I am in almost total agreement with Jesus. One might think that a good thing, but I know me. If I am agreeing with everything that Jesus says, then … more
My father-in-law died, 16 days shy of his 100th birthday. For a while, he seemed to be aiming for that elusive century mark, or maybe it was just the rest of us loading all the hope for our own … more
The other day I asked my 5-year-old granddaughter how she liked school. I got a tight smile and a dash of devil in her eyes. She put out her fist with her thumb extended. She turned it parallel to … more
At a wedding, we found ourselves at a table with a couple who were good friends with the groom’s parents. The men had worked together for over 30 years, and the four stayed close in … more
In grade school, I was taught by the Grammarian Sisters. Actually, they were Sisters of the Incarnate Word, but their commitment to good grammar for a bunch of country kids was heroic. I remember … more
With God, like all great comedians, it’s all about the timing. For us who appreciate the divine act, it’s all about waiting. Zechariah and Elizabeth knew about waiting. For years, … more
I’d guess he’s a student by the bookbag on his back and his usual proximity to the university. He is tall, thin and black — none of which would normally call attention or capture … more
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