Post #22.10, Thursday, July 22, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Ligugè          As night creeps over I see ahead of me the hulking peak of an old villa roof.  I’m coming upon the monastery that was a Roman villa centuries ago. In a time long ago St. Martin repurposed this rich gift of a grand Roman edifice for use as aContinue reading “Post #22.10, Thursday, July 22, 2021”

Post #22.9, Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. the road to Ligugè          I’ve walked this road to Ligugè before. But all these years later so much has changed from human neglect. When inattention defines our spaces the buildings don’t just sit still and empty. There come first the little creatures, the insects, mosses and mushrooms, then the grassesContinue reading “Post #22.9, Wednesday, July 21, 2021”

Post #22.8, Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Leaving the vineyard          I’m preparing to leave at dawn to walk to Ligugè. My bag is a bit weighty. But Anatase has something more. It’s a secret. She has the book of remedies with flower stems marking pages and she asks a favor.  Could I copy these pages onto aContinue reading “Post #22.8, Tuesday, July 20, 2021”

Post #22.7, Thursday, July 15, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Eve’s Garden on the Loire          Anatase is politely listening to me as I tell a Jesus story she may have already heard.  But I wanted to tell it again, thinking of Nic, and his way of abandoning his well-earned pride in order to enact the humility of the “love ofContinue reading “Post #22.7, Thursday, July 15, 2021”

Post #22.6, Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E.          Nic’s pages continue to argue the rule of God’s love against a rule to manage sprouting monks, and now Nic takes issue with flaunting humility. It’s a paradox that doesn’t slip by Nic easily.           Anatase reads on, “The old monk wrote, ’There are twelve steps and yet not muchContinue reading “Post #22.6, Wednesday, July 14, 2021”

Post #22.5, Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E.          “Maybe we have done enough reading for the day, Anatase. Do you wish to take a rest from this? I could just borrow these pages if you would let me, and read them ahead myself. And I promise to save any that are interesting for you to read aloud.”         Continue reading “Post #22.5, Tuesday, July 13, 2021”

Post #22.4, Thursday, July 8, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Eve’s garden bench          The pages Nic left for Anatase to read aloud describe this world I’ve awakened into. Nic must have known I soon would be seeking a place in a monastery scribing the gospels. He knew me well, and he understood my calling to keep my friend Jesus alwaysContinue reading “Post #22.4, Thursday, July 8, 2021”

Post #22.3, Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E.  Eve’s garden bench          Anatase chooses to continue picking through the hard words on “Page 5, The Rule”           “‘First off,’ he writes,  ‘The Rule tells of four kinds of monks and only the one who lives to obey the earthly offices of the church, the coenobites are the good ones.’”Continue reading “Post #22.3, Wednesday, July 7, 2021”

Post #22.2, Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Eve’s house on the River Loire          This new morning we finish the chores and now find our place on the garden bench for the reading lesson. Anatase read ahead again and warns me of the dreariness of monastery stories. And again, I beg to know what has happened with myContinue reading “Post #22.2, Tuesday, July 6, 2021”

Post #22.1, Thursday, July 1, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E., Eve’s cottage on the Loire          Eve and Anatase are telling me about a visit from soldiers. When Nic heard this he laughed and asked to keep the walnut shell.          “Did you give it to him?”          “Of course. Was it something special?”  “Yes, it could remind Nic of aContinue reading “Post #22.1, Thursday, July 1, 2021”