#38.2, Weds., Nov. 2, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Châlons to Luxeuil          I’ve seen merchant caravans purposed with selling and armies driven by power of a hope for victory. I’ve been on pilgrimages, and I’ve been in a band of refugees — Jews leaving Jerusalem for Ephesus — but I’ve never known an entourage to travel with no knownContinue reading “#38.2, Weds., Nov. 2, 2022”

Post #34.2, Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Beginning a journey in the Vosgas Mts.          Ana and I were delivered two fine horses from the count’s stable. Then Thole and Daniel leave as promptly as they arrived.          Father Columbanus has his letters ready in response to the complaining bishops and he’s also given us a messenger’s purse.Continue reading “Post #34.2, Wednesday, July 6, 2022”

Post #33.14, Thurs., June 30, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Ana’s cottage in the Vosges Mts.          The Lenten pilgrims reported to their bishops that Father Columbanus, while true to the creed, allows, and in fact, supports some contrary practices. The complaints seem not about spiritual practices, but more about external details. The Irish tonsure, shaven clean across the top ofContinue reading “Post #33.14, Thurs., June 30, 2022”