#40.12, Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. Cottage between Annegray and Luxeuil          “So what happened? Why did it take you a whole day to walk the horses back to Annegray?” Ana asked. But Colleen apparently didn’t want to hear excuses and my “sorrys” so she took her cheese and biscuit and went back into the main roomContinue reading “#40.12, Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023”

#40.11, Weds., Jan. 25, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. Cottage between Annegray and Luxeuil          Colleen is just coming in from evening chores as I am returning.  I hope Ana has a warmer greeting for me. Colleen is clearly annoyed. She said they were going to send a bird with a message to send the monks to look for me.Continue reading “#40.11, Weds., Jan. 25, 2023”

#40.10, Tues., Jan. 24, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. Cottage between Annegray and Luxeuil          My feet crunch through the crust of snow as I walk toward our cottage at sunset. My thoughts still wander the nature of the all encompassing God I know as Love.          And how is it that Roman Diana was the Greek Artimas, and thenContinue reading “#40.10, Tues., Jan. 24, 2023”

#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”

#40.7, Tues., Jan. 17, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. The church in the woods          I’ve found my way to a little place on the mountainside overlooking the ruin of Annegray. Here the only words the priest can hear from another human is whatever that person chooses to shout to her.  I assume she hears much more of Creation thanContinue reading “#40.7, Tues., Jan. 17, 2023”

#40.6, Thurs., Jan. 12, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. The church in the woods          Horses delivered and I start home, but this little church on the hillside captures my imagination. Now I find myself picking through a hunter’s path in the thickets. It’s in disrepair, more in the style of a Roman Pagan temple than either a Christian Basilica,Continue reading “#40.6, Thurs., Jan. 12, 2023”

#40.5, Weds., Jan. 11, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. The path back to Annegray          Now we are discussing the possibilities that a new bishop of Rome will impose Roman rule on these outlands like Frankish Gaul. The monastic Rule of Benedict echoes Roman order and the Irish Rule has subtle distinctions that, in practice, make a big difference.         Continue reading “#40.5, Weds., Jan. 11, 2023”

#40.4, Tues., Jan. 10, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. The path back to Annegray          As we walk the horses back we are discussing the plans for the new monastery. We’ve heard it would be a double monastery with both men and women.          Brother Servant explains, “I’ve asked Father Columbanus about this because of my particular circumstance.” Brother Servant,Continue reading “#40.4, Tues., Jan. 10, 2023”

#40.3, Thurs., Jan. 5, 2023

Historical setting: 590 C.E. The path to Annegray          On this very cold morning Brother Servant and another monk and I put the silks back on the four imperial horses and walk them back to Annegray. The ice on the creek is solid enough today even for the horses the walk over.           “It’s aContinue reading “#40.3, Thurs., Jan. 5, 2023”