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…]

The Parish as Response to the Benedict Option

One of the reasons I became Catholic is precisely because Catholicism recognizes that physical, material reality is not only important, but good. [Read more…]

Keeping Christianity Strange: Celebrating Rev. Hedges in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Feast of St. Luke The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, A few weeks ago I introduced my kids to one of my favorite kids’ movies, Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, or, as my kids call it, Giant Rabbit. Of course, as I’ve mentioned before, one [Read More…]

Reflecting on Food, the Eucharist, and Theology with Angel F. Méndez-Montoya

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 20 September 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I’ve been thinking a lot about food lately. Thanks to a paper I’m working on (that is not nearly as close to being done as I’d wish it to be) I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about [Read More…]

The Eucharist the Basis of Leisure: Some Reflections on Josef Pieper, Fr. Jacques Hamel, and C. S. Lewis

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 5 September 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, As part of my research for my upcoming paper on Thomas Aquinas and the Eucharist, I have been re-reading Josef Pieper’s book Leisure the Basis of Culture. It was actually this book that first gave me the idea [Read More…]

Folk Liturgy: St. Bartholomew’s Bun Run

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time St. Bartholomew’s Day The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Today I was made aware of a fascinating tradition that goes on in Sandwich in England. There is an old chapel there dedicated to St. Bartholomew (you know, the apostle). There is an old tradition there––how old I [Read More…]

Finding Joy in the Kitchen with the Help of Brother Lawrence

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 17 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I’ve been trying to write you all morning. Each time I sat here and would two or three paragraphs written before deciding I was not happy with what I was writing. I began to get rather melancholic. So [Read More…]

Anglophilia: Bake Off, Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, River Cottage, and the Local Church

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 3 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Most of you have probably figured out by now that I’m something of an anglophile. You’ve also probably figured out that I’m something of a romanticizer, that is, I tend to romanticize things quite often. Knowing this about [Read More…]

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The Christian Festival of Lammas: Alison Milbank, Bread, and the Church Year

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Lammas The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Somehow, I missed the fact that today is Lammas, despite just having done a post that included the below video about it! Fortunately, the pagans here at Patheos were able to remind me. So, I thought I would re-share Alison [Read More…]