Thursday, August 30, 2012

ice cream

"Your love is better than ice cream
better than anything else that i've tried." (Sarah McLachlan - Ice Cream, 1999)

i'm sick.  i've got a man cold again, that is ... a serious cold (une grippe d'homme).  what is a young priest to do?  God's love is the best, indeed, but ice cream helps in this situation.  please pray that i survive.

the last few days, weeks, there has been a change in the weather.  and, my allergies have started acting up, exponentially.  all these factors have exploded into a full blown man cold.  i will struggle with the bad, in order to do the good, à la St. Paul.

taking it easy today, i reflected more on the Eucharist - the theme for the past month.  i remember hearing someone talking about the centrality that it deserves in our lives.  when a man refuses to eat, we conclude that he is sick, that there is something wrong.  similarly then, when a man refuses to go to Mass, to the Eucharist, to be with the community, should we not conclude that there is something spiritually wrong?  as we enter the Year of Faith, let us pray, "increase our faith!"


ps.  i may not eat food, but ice cream somehow always works - at least at some levels.  what else should i do to rid my body + soul of this man cold?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

come dancing

"why not come dancing
it's only natural" (The Kinks - Come Dancing, 1982)
how can i not show the video for this classic song!  it is beautiful, awesome, ... outstanding!  please, enjoy the song, then come back to read my homiletical disaster!  and what better English group, from North London, to introduce my Olympic post.

i'm currently on my 80s kick.  not jetlag, but just good memories!  some music transcend time and space.  and this has to be one of those songs, it must, it has to!

come dancing, it's only natural!  almost eleven thousand athletes (population of Hawkesbury) have come to dance in 26 sports in the Olympics, London 2012!  there is twenty-one thousand media peeps in the house, with over 1.1 million tickets in play.  that's a lot of dancing to the big bands!  good times.  [Olympics fun facts]  all this dancing reminds me of God, in the Holy Trinity.

they too, dance, in other words, perichoresis!  the love that exists between God, in the Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has often been described as a dance of love among the three Persons of the Trinity.  i remember this from "Trinity 101" in the seminary - and it has always stuck with me.  i may not fully understand this mystery, but i do indeed love it!  come dancing, it's only natural!  (see Cardinal Marc Ouellet and his book, Divine Likeness for more info)

i too have started dancing!  no, not swing dancing, but ultimate frisbee!  i have rekindled my love for layouts, the hammer, the flic (forehand, à la français), and best of all, fellowship.  with the help of M. Lauzon (Philippe), we started a informal ultimate frisbee league, dance, in Hawkesbury, every Monday night for students of l'École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury!  i must stay we have a great time, and it has lead me to meditate more on the Theology of Sports.

you can learn a lot about a person on how they play team sports.  are they interested?  are they part of the huddle?  do they exagerate, competitive, etc.?  the above picture is of the Olympic dude playing ping pong, a reminder for me that i have a match scheduled against Fr. Titus, neighbouring pastor over at St. Jude's!  i'm a bit nervous at my chances at winning.  what if i said that i would not play, if i could not win?!  what if all athletes thought the same way?  what if all Christians, Catholics, thought that way?  come dancing, it's only natural!  there is much to learn from the Theology of Sports, so more on this later!

the good news according to one of the greatest coaches of all time, Vince Lombardi, is that sports are just a game.  somebody wins, somebody loses.  however, life continues with its higher expectations and challenges. (Fr. Gallagher, chaplain to Indiana Colts).  but - à la Lombardi - , sports do teach us about perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.  enjoy the dance, the games, and please continue to pray for the ongoing success of the ultimate frisbee dance in Hawkesbury.  peace.

ps.  maybe a small prayer too for my win in ping pong!  over and out.