#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”

#39.13, Thurs., Dec. 29, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. cottage between Annegray and Luxeuil          I can understand our visiting neighbors are not favorable to Christian Saints and foreign missionaries murdering sacred trees of Pagan worship. And it doesn’t take very much chatter to discover our guests are not the variety of Christians who would make a pilgrimage to aContinue reading “#39.13, Thurs., Dec. 29, 2022”