Deep in the Forest, There Dragons Will Be: Reflections on a Boat Trip Around Lake Winnipesaukee

Creation is not just what we see with our senses as secular modernity has taught us to do, but that there are deeper truths behind created reality. [Read more…]

Root and Twig: Convivium a New Literary Journal

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 29 June 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I feel rather remiss, but I have something to tell you. Not long ago I had an essay appear in a new literary journal called Convivium. The first issue was titled Root and Twig and looked at issues [Read More…]

Jove Looking Over My Shoulder: Reflections on the Medieval Cosmos and a Night under the Stars

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 9 June 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Two nights ago, after a long and hard day, I sat outside with my pipe and my computer under the stars. I’ve been slowly doing some work on Medieval cosmology, which will hopefully pick up if my paper proposal [Read More…]

Heaven and Earth Are Full of Your Glory: Sophiological Reflections on the Immaculate Conception and Isaiah 6:3

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 24 May 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Today at Mass I was struck by the responsorial psalm. It was Psalm 148 and the response was “Heaven and Earth are full of Your Glory” (capitalizations are mostly mine). Today, for reasons as yet unknown to me, hearing [Read More…]

Good Friday and the Holy Grail: Thirsty Reflections from a Good Friday Service

David Russell Mosley Holy Week Holy Saturday 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, As most of you know, tonight I will be received into the Catholic Church. So, last night I headed off to my parish’s Good Friday service. I’ve just begun a new job at a Catholic High School (hence [Read More…]

Entering the Sphere of Jove: Saturn Makes Way for Jupiter in the Works of C. S. Lewis

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 6 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, As I was reading Michael Ward’s excellent and convincing Planet Narnia (which argues that the seven Chronicles of Narnia were written with a particular governing planet in mind) I came to his chapter on Saturn and The Last [Read More…]

My Rolling English Road to Rome: How J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Stratford Caldecott Helped Make Me Catholic

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 14 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Two days ago I told you that I am going to be received into the Catholic Church. Today, I want to dig a little deeper by explaining one part of how I found myself on a road I [Read More…]

St. Colman mac Duagh and George MacDonald: Reflections on a Gnat that Visits Me in the Night

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time The Baptism of the Lord 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, When I was younger, I must admit, I took some relish in the swatting of flies and gnats and bees and wasps. Like the tailor who killed seven with one blow, I practiced trying to [Read More…]

A Final Reflection on the Election: Celebration in the Face of Hate

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 9 November 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, When I awoke at 3:30 yesterday and stumbled out of bed to write my post (which had to be heavily edited later in the day after much coffee), I still held some small, well perhaps hope isn’t the [Read More…]