Mark Saucier
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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
  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
There was no mistaking it for the upper room: concrete floor, plastic chairs and a thick steel door. But there we were, a bunch of guys, most in orange jumpsuits and shackles, trying to stumble … more
It was 50 years ago. Hours after our high school graduation, a friend and I took off to spend the summer working in the missions in Peru. In Lima, the migration from the countryside had begun, … 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
It is easy to be all “Alleluia” and “He is Risen” when a vernal sun paints the land green and coaxes the daffodils to come out and play. When the garden craves its seed … more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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