Interesting connections

July 13, 2011

I am in the process of making a new friend. At least, I hope I am in the process of doing that.

A number of years ago, I started following the Tour de France. I had started participating in triathlons (to say competing would be unfair to everyone else–trust me, I was only participating), and my time on the bike got me interested in the Tour. In recent years, that interest has grown beyond the Tour to include a number of professional races, but the Tour is the pinnacle of professional cycling, and for three weeks in July, I’m a rabid fan.

A few years back I started following the Tour through the Velonews.com website; there are a number of sites that you can use to follow it, but I have found that Charles Pelkey’s Live Updates tend to be the best, most insightful, and current of the bunch. Along the way, I would occasionally post a comment or a question in Live Update, and through the years, Charles and I have developed a bit of a friendship (I would like to say that), despite the fact that we have never met. He does know that he has a standing offer for lunch (on me) if he is ever in Atlanta, and has the time and inclination.

From time to time, Charles will post my comment in the Live Update, as he did this past Sunday. My comment was bemoaning the fact that I could not follow live, as I had to preach 3 times, administer 5 baptisms, along with other duties. Soon after that, another fairly regular poster commented on mine. As it turns out, the other gentleman is a Monsignior with the Congregation of the Clergy at Vatican City in Rome.

The Mons. and I have now connected, directly and not through Live Update, and are starting to share a passion for cycling, as well as ministry. Fascinating how two guys, on separate continents in different hemispheres, can connect.

Of course, being a Presbyterian, I can’t help but think that it was predestined!

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