Lately I have found myself thinking about the priest in Albert Camus’ “The Plague.” The story takes place in a city that was suffering from a rash of disease. People were scared and dying and the parish priest felt an obligation to preach about what was occurring.
In his first sermon, he told the people that the plague had come upon them because of their sins. “Calamity has come upon you, my brethren, and you, my brethren, deserve it,” he said. “Plague is the flail of God, and the world is God’s threshing floor, and implacably God will thresh out the harvest until the wheat is separated from the chaff.”
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