The Prodigal Altar Boy

Monday, October 29, 2012

Prodigal Altar Boy 100 Day Countdown T-81 Days to Go 29 October 2012

Prodigal Altar Boy 100 Day Countdown
T-81 Days to Go
29 October 2012

Goal:  2 hours per day working on the film

·     Started putting together mailing
·     Updated “About Me” section of the blog
·     Re-edited fundraising letter incorporating IC6 suggestions
·     Sent re-edited letter to Advisory Board for final approval
Total time:  4 hours

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
·     Warm-up on the Flying-V
·     “Dies Irae” – Flying V
·     “It’s Your Thing” – Flying V
Total time:  30 minutess

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day Body Opus Week 10
Viking Warrior Conditioning – 15:15 protocol
Kettlebell Snatch
15 seconds – 7 reps (equals one set)
15 seconds – Rest
Switch hands, repeat.
16kg kettlebell
80 sets
Total time:  40 minutes

Goal:  30 Minutes “Tangential Endeavors”
“This Is It” – Michael Jackson documentary and DVD extras
Total time:  2 hours

TQ was ahead of the Vatican curve on the whole Kateri Tekakwitha canonization issue.  What do you think TQ would suggest to "win back" "lapsed and lukewarm" Catholics?  I think TQ would point to the principle of adaptation on the one hand, but I also think TQ would also find some way to engage the "lapsed," the "lukewarm" and take them to task.  

The dictionary definition of "lasped" describes lapsed as, " longer committed to something, especially religious faith or observance."   For the lapsed, TQ would on the one hand work on making liturgy more relevant, while on the other hand, challenge the lapsed and question what holds them back from committing to the church.  He would probably point out the ease with which they commit to less substantive things.

For the "lukewarm, again I think TQ would employ the principle of adaptation to make worship more relevant.  He would also take them to task.  He might even point them to Revelation 3:16 "So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth."  TQ might even delve into the historical roots of the phrase, pointing out that the phrase is aimed at the Laodicean Church, one of the seven churches mentioned by name in the book of Revelation.  There is scholarship (and TQ was a scholarship fiend) that contends lukewarm was a reference to Laodicea's geographic location between Herapolis and Colossae.  Herapolis was famous for their warm springs and Colossae was known for its cold springs.  The lukewarm reference was that by the time Laodicean aqueducts brought water from those cities to town, the warm water had cooled and the cool water had warmed up, resulting in a lukewarm water supply.  TQ would probably equate the state of lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, as an analogy for a lack of commitment to one thing or another.  TQ once complained about parishioners that came to mass late and/or left early.  His response, "If you're going to come to mass, come to mass, if not, stay home."
Yeah, that's what they need, some tough love.  You tell 'em TQ!