#40.9, Thurs., Jan. 19, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. The church in the woods          The sun suddenly seems to be sinking over the hills to the west, though I know full well the sun doesn’t suddenly do anything. The movements of the sun and the earth and the stars are always so predictably paced that they measure time itself.Continue reading “#40.9, Thurs., Jan. 19, 2023”

#40.8, Weds., Jan. 18, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. The church in the woods          Mater Doe watches me explore this sanctuary with the same eye she watches over the birds searching seeds outside the window.          I see this Roman statue of Diana looking very much like the goddess of the hunt our visitors mentioned. This is a deeplyContinue reading “#40.8, Weds., Jan. 18, 2023”

#40.2, Weds., Jan. 4, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. Cottage between Annegray and Luxeuil          No sooner has the family of visitors left than here again are  monks from Annegray returning up the hill-path, this time leading four horses adorned in silk. We’ve seen this decoration on horses before.           “So the dead bishop of Rome sends another envoy andContinue reading “#40.2, Weds., Jan. 4, 2023”

#39.11, Tues., Dec. 27, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. a cottage between Annegray and Luxeuil          We’ve been contemplating the Christmas story with our guests.          Colleen seems miffed by the ignorance of her own countrymen with their thought that a virgin who could give birth would not then be able to produce milk for the baby.          “How isContinue reading “#39.11, Tues., Dec. 27, 2022”

#39.10, Thurs., Dec. 22, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. a cottage between Annegray and Luxeuil          The stories that seem to go array in the worst ways are those that are most often told. So here we are, three Irish monks, Colleen and Ana and I, gathered around the hearth in Ana’s little room.          Colleen savors the brogue ofContinue reading “#39.10, Thurs., Dec. 22, 2022”

#39.9, Weds., Dec. 21, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. a cottage between Annegray and Luxeuil          Maybe Pagan magic was left in the fragrant wood I’ve gathered for our fire here, or maybe it is the warm spirit that is a Christian thing about this season. But today, celebration seems overwhelmed with the Creative Spirit of love. The only wordsContinue reading “#39.9, Weds., Dec. 21, 2022”

#39.1, Thurs., Dec. 1, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Cottage between Annegray and Luxeuil          I set a fire in the pasture for smoking the deer and I took some portions to the cold cellar dug under the wall of the cottage, where now I can hear Ana and Colleen inside arguing. I’ve never known them to disagree, much less,Continue reading “#39.1, Thurs., Dec. 1, 2022”

#38.3, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Châlons to Luxeuil          Now I’ve learned this band of men who were supposed to have a leader were sent to help turn the ruin called Luxovium into a substantial refuge for the Irish father and his monks. These pilgrims and workers thought it would be only eight miles to Luxeuil.Continue reading “#38.3, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2022”

#35.14, Weds., Aug. 31, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The Celtic Pagan village of Largin          Ana has a clearer picture now of the challenges and possibilities and believes her mission, to save both mother and child might be doable. When Thole and I are privy to the “secret” it is that Tilp differs from her husband on priorities. TholeContinue reading “#35.14, Weds., Aug. 31, 2022”

#35.13, Tues., Aug. 30, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The Celtic Pagan village of Largin          We’ve arrived at the village where Thole worries while Tilp naps. Ana is waiting to examine Tilp, and in the meantime Thole is explaining her pregnancy to Ana.          “We are planning that winter would be a good time for this, near the solstice,Continue reading “#35.13, Tues., Aug. 30, 2022”