#35.10 Tues. Aug. 23, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Following the Loire          On these days we are riding on the north side of the Loire.  These riverbanks had caves where Christian ascetics found solitude. I was among them while St. Martin was living with the monks near Poitiers. Ana listens to my incessant reminiscing.          “When I first cameContinue reading “#35.10 Tues. Aug. 23, 2022”

Post #34.9, Thurs., July 21, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Reims to Châlons          I know Bishop Gregory is not one to use his high ecclesiastical office to make political accusations, but in his secular writings, like the “History of the Franks” for example, he might float rumors supporting his own grudges. All these twisty tales of kings and bishops settlingContinue reading “Post #34.9, Thurs., July 21, 2022”

Post #32.4, Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The Vosges Mountains          We’ve stopped our work scribing the Rule as Ana tells me how she came to fear men. She had escaped from the pirates and now she was following a band of monks on the long trek from the sea toward Annegray.           Her story continues, “The dampContinue reading “Post #32.4, Tuesday, May 10, 2022”

Post #32.3, Thurs., May 5, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains I’m listening to Ana tell of her fear.           “I was raped by the pirates because I tried to escape but quickly discovered we were moored at Aletum, an Island; so I was easily captured back. I wasn’t raped because I was alluring. It was a punishmentContinue reading “Post #32.3, Thurs., May 5, 2022”

Post #15.13, Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Historical setting: 6th Century C.E. Somewhere in the Pyrenees          We’re guests at this place where statuary is carved from the quarried sandstone. Most of these works are icons for pagan ritual. But here amid the cacophony of Roman talisman is also a carving in a Christian theme of a common woman of Galilee withContinue reading “Post #15.13, Tuesday, December 29, 2020”