Monday, October 25, 2010
Saint Ralph and the Curious Church Readings
There are some interesting parallels with Ralph's young faith (Catholicism) and running. One striking thing was that for a miracle to happen, the participant had to be pure, prayerful, and have faith. Regardless of the fact that we don't make miracles happen, Ralph begins on his quest to win Boston. On the way he finds Fr. George Hibbert (played by Campbell Scott) who promises to train him if he doesn't talk about miracles. For me this parallel means, dedication, training, and trust.
There was some good training, and a number of really interesting (if fantastic) quotes from an invented book by Simon Longboat. I'm guessing they took the name from Tom Longboat a Canadian Runner, Marathoner, and Olympian of the early 1900s. I like the fact that it seemed to be filmed in Hamilton, and used the local names (plus Ralph runs the Around the Bay race - that predates Boston by 3 years).
Last week Moses went to a game of British Bulldog between the Israelites and the Amekelites. Every time Moses cheered with the staff he got from God, the Israelites would start winning, every time he got tired and dropped his hands, the Amekelites would start winning! This only shows how much cheering helps people who run - we really really need you!!!
Then this week began with this reading from Paul:
"Beloved: ... I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance."
My conclusion is that our history, faith and running are so dependent on each other that there's no way to fight it!
I leave for London on Wednesday evening for my graduation ceremony. I'll probably continue to be AWOL as I have been for the last couple of weeks from the blog world (with timed posts), but once I get back my schedule may clear up a bit. BTW if you get a chance on Thursday please save me a copy of the Globe and Mail. Our graduating class will be announced in it with our pictures.