Mark Saucier
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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
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
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