May he rest in peace, and rise in glory
I just heard the news that the theologian and writer Robert Farrar Capon died at 3pm on Thursday September 5, 2013. As anyone who has spent much time at saint benedict’s table will know, Robert had an enormous impact on me. He’s one of the writers I consistently return to for inspiration, but on a personal level he was the person who provided me with the framework by which to wrestle through the grief of a divorce and the possibility of remarriage. His almost painfully honest (yet still predictably witty) book A Second Day: Reflections on Remarriage needs to be brought back into print, if only so I can buy a copy to replace the missing one I loaned out to someone who must have needed it more than I did.
In the fall of 2000, my wife Catherine and I visited Shelter Island, New York to spend two days with Robert and Valerie Capon, talking about life and faith, and sharing great food and a bottle or three of good wine. It was in many respects a pilgrimage, which gave me the opportunity to thank Robert for helping me to find the courage to launch out on my marriage to Catherine. Having now marked our 15th anniversary, I’m even more thankful for his influence.
What follows here is the one hour in those two days which we committed to tape… the interviewer is admittedly a bit stiff, but Robert is in fine form.
There are two ways to hear this interview (runs 44:58):
- click on the arrow below
- click here to download the episode from iTunes… it is well done the list of saint ben’s podcasts, in the 120’s
“Theology, Capon says, is a word game, the most serious word game of all, and he plays it very well indeed.” – The New York Times Book Review
“A joyfully outrageous Christian teacher” – The Living Church
“Heaven is populated entirely by forgiven sinners” – Robert Farrar Capon (1925-2013)