Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

It must be the food

A.L. Addington left us yesterday after two great days in Waynesboro. Of the many wonderful stories and insights he shared with the people of St Michael's and the parish, there is one story he told me over lunch that has stayed with me.
One day A.L. was in a Georgian city and he saw a Greek restaurant. Liking Greek cuisine, A.L. went inside for dinner. It was around 6pm. The place was empty. The room was filthy and the floor crunched as he walked to a table. There were empty wine bottles on the shelves and on the counters. The place needed to see a broom and a mop and perhaps a good dousing with Clorox. When the waitress saw that someone had come in, she immediately ran to A.L. and welcome him and tried to sell him the whole menu. The cook came greeted A.L. personally. Obviously the restaurant was not used to many patrons. A.L. ordered some food and it was actually quite good, but at 6:45pm, the place was still empty. As A.L. payed his bill he asked the waitress why no one ever came to eat at the restaurant. The waitress replied, "People here don't like European food."

It must be the food. Forget the dirty floor, the appearance, and the hundreds of other things that perhaps kept people from eating there. She was focused on what others did to keep themselves from eating there, and not what the restaurant was doing or not doing to invite people to dine in. Do people not come to church because they don't like liturgy or they don't like formality or they don't like this or that? Or could it be the floor is dirty?

Steve +

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