Post #23.8, Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Ligugè          Just before the silence Brother August was telling me of the women’s convent which I thought was named for St. Mary, Abbaye de Sainte-Marie, at Poitiers. He said it was renamed after a relic of the true cross that the abbess, Radigund, a queen, was able to acquire forContinue reading “Post #23.8, Wednesday, August 18, 2021”

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 #21.1, Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. The walking path in Eve’s garden          Eve is telling me of negotiations Daniel had with the druid when arranging to bring this very young child here as Eve’s apprentice.          She explains, “When Daniel was last trading with the cooper the druid appeared and inquired about the progress of Anatase.Continue reading “Post #21.1, Tuesday, June 1, 2021”

Post #14.11, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020

Historical setting: Along the ridges of the Pyrenees, 6th Century “From that hilltop” the young shepherd explains,  “You can see the smoke where the hearth-fire burns for the house of the neighbors. There are some good hiding places on that hill so you can watch the daughters a long time and no one will seeContinue reading “Post #14.11, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020”

Post #14.10, Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Historical setting: Along the ridges of the Pyrenees, 6th Century We are somewhere in mountains on the edge of winter and we find ourselves face-to-face with a grieving young shepherd. It was my thought that there must be a community of shepherds or farmers in this area or how could this farm sell its muttonContinue reading “Post #14.10, Tuesday, November 24, 2020”

Post #14.9, Thurs., November 19, 2020

Historical setting: Along the ridges of the Pyrenees, 6th Century          “So what will we do now?”          The father is buried. The sheep have no shepherd. The shepherd is grieving. The dog and the donkey are consoling. The winter is creeping down on us all from the north. We need to use these daysContinue reading “Post #14.9, Thurs., November 19, 2020”

Post #14.8, Weds., November 18, 2020

Historical setting: Along the ridges of the Pyrenees, 6th Century          The winter of last night posed a mere warning that the season is turning. All day a southern breeze breeches the ridge from the valley. It would have been a good day to continue our journey.          Alone, I was able to move theContinue reading “Post #14.8, Weds., November 18, 2020”