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

The Sound of Silence: Reflections on My Struggles with Silence, and its Lack, both in Church and out

David Russell Mosley   Eastertide 24 April 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, The first time I was properly confronted with silence was when I was in college. At the time I was double-majoring in Biblical Exposition and Preaching (I later dropped the Preaching major), and I was taking homiletics. One of the professor’s for that course organized a retreat for the class. He had written a short book few years prior , What the Monks… Read more

Too Busy for Busy Lives and Restless Souls: An Unreview

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 23 April 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Well over a month ago I received the book Busy Lives and Restless Souls from Patheos to review for you here. While I did read the book as soon as I received it, I let the review languish. So here is something of an ironic unreview or non-review of the book. Reading the book was an interesting experience since, when I read it, I was… Read more

Having Finished One Journey I Find there Is Still More Walking to Do: Reflections on Being Received into the Catholic Church

David Russell Mosley Eastertide Easter Monday 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, One of the many advantages to working for a Catholic high school is that I get Easter Monday off and can take a quick moment to write to all of you. As you know, on Saturday Evening at the Easter Vigil I was received into the Catholic Church. My wife and Holly Taylor Coolman (a professor in theology at Providence College) were physically in… 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 the lack of letters from me), but I had yesterday off, so when the evening came around I decided that I really ought to go… Read more

Reviewing Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: Part I Outlining the Book and a Few of My Criticisms

David Russell Mosley Lent 4 April 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, There’s a decent chance that those familiar with this blog will have heard of Rod Dreher and his Benedict Option––if for no other reason that I’ve written about it on multiple occasions, even offering my own “option” at one point. Well, after nearly a decade of writing about the Benedict Option, Dreher has put out a book on the subject, entitled The Benedict Option:… Read more

Being Deified: Poetry and Fantasy on the Path to God ebook Available for 9.99

David Russell Mosley Lent 4 April 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Fortress Press, the publisher who put out my PhD thesis, Being Deified, is having an ebook sale running from today (April 4th) until April 30th. Over 1500 ebooks will be on sale, starting as low as $2.99. My book, will be available for $9.99. This is significantly cheaper than the $62+ it costs on Amazon Kindle and the $45+ it costs on Barnes and… Read more

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