Mark Saucier
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My friend is an Irish nun, an English nurse, and a Peruvian missionary. I met her over 40 years ago when she was an energetic idealist with a call to dress the wounds, cure the sickness, and hold … more
Overhearing their conversation was unavoidable. It was intense — not heated but genuine, not loud but impassioned. It was not what you would expect from two men standing at an ab … more
We do mission work in Yucatan. Among the many attractions of that Mexican state is the Chicxulub Crater, formed some 66 million years ago when an asteroid crashed into earth, leaving a hole 12 miles … more
I was waiting for the plumber at one of our ministry houses and I decided to rest a minute on the front porch. It was one of those perfect moments. A light rain was falling, the slightest breeze … more
Our granddaughter looked up from her artwork and asked, “Grandpa, what is your favorite color?” “Blue,” I answered, as I always had since a kid. She registered the … more
In the Acts of the Apostles, we see the burgeoning life of the early Christian community and people on fire to share this life with others. It also holds up a mirror in which we can see ourselves … more
Covid has caused many to consider the uncertainty of life. Sales of headstones have increased, and the term “bucket list” is popping up in articles and ads. That’s good. … more
I sat at one of the tables in the yard after our Easter brunch, watching a dozen kids flitting about, looking for hidden eggs and screaming like a miner discovering gold when they found one. It … more
In his book, Hope for Judas, Jesuit Father Christoph Wrembeck has a picture from a 12th-century church in France. Carved into the block of stone atop one of the towering columns, there are two … more
A friend died the other day. He was a good man. My wife was his spiritual director and gave a beautiful eulogy at his funeral. One thing she mentioned was his poetry. He was able to take the … more
We have a house for people coming out of prison with an addiction history. Like its residents, the old structure is broken and in need of repair. It’s a place where, when you start to work … more
After enduring pandemic, politics and a polar vortex, everyone could do with a rainbow, and we get it in Sunday’s first reading from Genesis.  God set a bow across the sky as a reminder … more
Pope Francis just declared an annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. I write this after a long drive to meet the newest addition to our clan, and on the eve of another birthday that … more
In the gospel of John, the very first words of Jesus pose an eternal question. Andrew and another apostle-to-be were disciples of John the Baptist. One day, when their paths crossed, the Baptizer … more
The New Year arrived with an entourage of snow, freezing rain, and bone-chilling fog. Of course it did! What else would you expect after a year that defied an arsenal of adjectives; a year crammed … more
Our prayer began with the wafting of a flute playing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Listening to the plaintive, brooding notes, I could feel the sorrowful longing of the Israelites in … more
Punctuation matters! There is a difference between “I’m sorry; I love you,” and “I’m sorry I love you.” That Advent passage from Isaiah always sounded like … more
In the first chapter of Genesis, five times God completed a day’s work of creation and then recognized that it was “good.” Light, land and living creatures were all good. The … more
You wouldn’t know it by the temperatures, but autumn is passing and winter is in its tow. For those with lawns and gardens, it’s a busy time of raking, cutting, cleaning and … more
The sister of some friends had been living with cancer for years. Last week, they separated: the cancer went its way, and she went God’s. The end was no surprise, and she chose to spend her … more
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