Friday, September 13, 2013

A toast for Robert Farrar Capon

Robert Farrar Capon
Author, foodie, theologian, Episcopal priest, fascinating thinker:  Let’s remember Robert Farrar Capon, who died last week at 88.   

This lovely remembrance by Denise Frame Harlan in Christian Century Blogs captures the way Capon brought together thoughts of food as nourishment, inspiration and mission in lyrical prose.  I don’t guess I have to underscore how deeply this touches me.

Ponder these brief lines from his The Supper of the Lamb
We were given appetites, not to consume the world and forget it, but to taste its goodness and hunger to make it great. That is the unconsolable heartburn, the lifelong disquietude of having been made in the image of God.  
It will be precisely because we loved Jerusalem enough to bear it in our bones that its textures will ascend when we rise; it will be because our eyes have relished the earth that the color of its countries will compel our hearts forever. The bread and the pastry, the cheeses, the wine, and the songs go into the Supper of the Lamb because we do; It is our love that brings the City home. 
Rest in peace, Robert Farrar Capon: May flights of angels bear you to a table laden with wonderful viands and many good things to nourish your body and make your heart glad.