Finishing Greg Brillantes’ “Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro”

Self has finished reading Greg Brillantes’ “Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro.”

In the passage below, the doctor returns from a late night visit to a poor man’s hut, where he has been unable to save the man’s sick child:

Dr. Lazaro felt the oppression of the night begin to lift from him; an emotionless calm returned to his mind. The sparrow does not fall without the Father’s leave, he mused at the sky, but it falls just the same. But to what end are the sufferings of a child? The crickets chirped peacefully in the moon-pale darkness beneath the trees.

“You baptized the child, didn’t you, Ben?”

“Yes, Pa.” The boy kept in step beside him.

He used to believe in it too, the power of the Holy Spirit washing away original sin, the purified soul made heir of heaven. He could still remember fragments of his boyhood faith, as one might remember an improbable and long-discarded dream.

This story is so suffused with melancholy, dear blog readers. Which is perhaps why self loves it so much.

Stay tuned.

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