Wednesday, February 8, 2012

St Francis in the Foodcourt

A few days ago I met a friend of mine in the local bookstore downtown, Chapters.  Needless to say, I hadn't seen this guy in a while so we decided to have lunch inside a foodcourt.  Of course, I'm not the biggest fan of foodcourts as I can rarely find anything suitable for me to eat, my options are quite limited, McDonalds(pigeon McNuggets?  Don't think so!), Subway(microwaved grilled chickenoid sandwich?  Sorry Jared, FAIL!) and of course, the standard Chinese Tiki Ming, (765 000 calories per bite?  I'll pass!)  Soooo,. I finally settled on a chopped salad from a local sandwich place, and I found a Jugo Juice, so I ordered 32grams of protein mixed with water!  (Hey the protein was flavoured, okay? ) 

After ordering our food, we made our way over to a table, and immediately I dove in!  My friend, Greek Orthodox and not particularly religious, shocked me when he made the sign of the cross!  I was awestruck, and to be honest, humbled!  Here I was this pseudo Catholic apologist/fitness trainer potentially discerning priesthood gorging myself at a trough and my buddy, a regular married dude just going about his day, yet taking time to give thanks!  Needless to say, my friend reminded me of St Francis of Assisi,..'Go to the whole world and preach the Gospel, if necessary use words.'  Wow!  Talk about a teaching moment!  Sometimes its the little things that flicker a lightswitch in our brain.  His one act probably was seen by several people, while my apologetical headknowledge meant nothing...Not ashamed to say, I was schooled!

After lunch, I couldn't resist,..'Dude, was cool to see you blessing yourself before you eat.'  His response was cryptic and chilling,..'Bro, we should all start, cause if not our grandkids will end up praying anyway bro,..but towards Mecca.'  

Our Lady of Fatima,...............ora pro nobis.

5 comments:

Patrick Button said...

The food that our grandkids would bless in the name of Allah would be Halal. That means no bacon!! Now that would be horrible.

Anonymous said...

Seriously? You eat poutine & KD but snub your snotty little nose at other fast food. Really? Seriously?

"Itadakimas" is what I always say before a meal... figure it out.

Btw... I hear St Francis was a super nice guy but a messy eater.

Marco said...

hahahahaha.....I eat junk food once a week! Now you got me craving a poutine!!!! (Homer Simpson drool,..) BTW,..'itadakimas' is Japanese no?

Anonymous said...

ahhh yes grasshopper...

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