Thursday, March 5, 2009

Caleb's apology

Here it is, a day early traditio. Oh, by the way, Caleb is a fire captain, who, at the beginning of the movie, chastizes a rookie firefighter for getting separated from his partner in a fire.

"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

"My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins" (James 5:13b-20 [ESV]).

I have to pass along, for those interested, something from last evening's All Things Considered, David Foster Wallace's Final, Unfinished Novel. The NPR link, in turn, links you The New Yorker, which provides an excerpt from his last work. It was December before I was finally able to write about his suicide directly, after an odd and oblique attempt.

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