Sick Pilgrim and Trying to Say “God”: Before the Conference

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 21 June 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Very briefly, a quick update on my life. As many of you know I started working back in April at a Catholic liberal arts high school. Well, apparently I’ve done some good work because today it was officially [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…]

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…]

Goblins at the Feet of Mary: Reflections on What I Saw During Mass Today

David Russell Mosley Lent 3 April 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I went to my first confession today. Up to this point in my journey toward Catholicism, I believed I couldn’t receive this particular sacrament, not until I was officially received into the Catholic Church. However, at my last confirmation [Read More…]

Mooreeffoc: Reflections on Words and Worlds while Reading in a Coffeeshop

David Russell Mosley Lent 22 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Here I was sitting in a coffeeshop (one of those chains I am no particular fan of, but it was on the way of the many errands we had to run today). I was reading Michael Martin’s excellent new [Read More…]

The World of Patrick’s Breastplate: Seeing through the Eyes of a Medieval Prayer

David Russell Mosley Lent 18 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Well, yesterday was St. Patrick’s day and many have written excellently about the man and his feast day and why it shouldn’t exclusively include drinking and green and leprechauns. Today I want to talk about a prayer that is [Read More…]

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On Joy and Renewal: More Reflections on Michael Martin’s Sophia Option

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 8 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Today I had intended to write about Michael Martin’s The Sophia Option II: A Joyful Noise, but then this morning he went and posted The Sophia Option III: Taking it Back. So, I will respond to both essays [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…]

Entering the Sphere of Jove: Reflecting on Joy with Lent, C.S. Lewis, and Michael Martin

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 2 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I want to talk to you about Joy. It has been an obsession of mine of late. I began to notice its influence on me most at the tail end of the last liturgical year and the start [Read More…]

It Reminds Me of Númenor: Melancholic Reflections on a Rainy Day

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 27 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, While we have now had a couple of days of sunshine, the other day was cloudy and rainy. Days like this, especially when I can smell the water in the air, I’m transported somewhere else entirely. I am [Read More…]