Post #32.9, Thurs., May 19, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains          Ana tells of her meeting with Father Columbanus. “The intended healing from my fears had been a dismal failure. All the ancient legends of woman and snake would make me the obvious perpetrator of evil in this. So I’m pretty sure the young monk used theContinue reading “Post #32.9, Thurs., May 19, 2022”

Post #30.15, Thursday, March 31, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The cottage in the mountains          “The Rule of Columbanus is a shorter document than the Rule of Benedict,” she tells me clearly intending to change the subject.          “So these are easier rules?”          She smiles at that silly question.          She explains, “It takes fewer words because all thatContinue reading “Post #30.15, Thursday, March 31, 2022”

Post #30.14, Weds., March 30, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The cottage in the mountains          The monk explains that in Lent there are more pilgrims than ever at Annegray. He thanked Ana for the seeds and wild roots and flavorful herbs and for instructions for the kind of root cellars used in Gaul. So now, he says, food was alreadyContinue reading “Post #30.14, Weds., March 30, 2022”

Post #30.10, Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The cottage in the mountains          Awake again, the brother servant and Ana are having biscuits and porridge. Brother Servant says he will be going back to Annegray right away, and offers to help take me to a straw bed closer to the fire before he goes. That is a kindness.Continue reading “Post #30.10, Tuesday, March 22, 2022”