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 class, I learned that not only could I go, it would be good for me to go, especially if I had any mortal sins to… Read more

Is Patheos Catholic Liberal?

David Russell Mosley Lent 1 April 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, My letter the other day about writing for Patheos Catholic has opened up some interesting lines of dialogue. I’m certainly glad to have dispelled some rumors and gotten people paying attention, at least a little bit, to what’s going on here at Patheos Catholic. Sadly, it seems that there are still more problems to air out. Chief among them is whether or not Patheos… Read more

How Does Writing for Patheos (Catholic) Work? Or, Are We Just in it for the Money?

David Russell Mosley Lent 29 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Whenever I go to Patheos Catholic’s Facebook page, or whenever I make the mistake of reading comments on most Patheos Catholic blogs, I often see the same thing. Some well-meaning (giving them the benefit of the doubt) Catholic bemoans the kind of content or style allowed on Patheos Catholic. They seem to believe that Patheos Catholic is run like various online magazines (I’m thinking… Read more

Joy in the Midst of Unruly Children: Reflections on Prayer and Parenting

David Russell Mosley Lent 27 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, This weekend was rough. I was exhausted for innumerable reasons. And this led to me being overly short with my children. To be fair, they’ve been a little much over the past few days. Lots of running, disobedience, shouting, screaming, crying; and then there’s how the kids were behaving. I was just done. It got particularly bad on Sunday. I actually broke down and… 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 book The Incarnation of the Poetic Word. When all of a sudden I was transported to a different world. How can I describe it? Have… 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 often associated with St. Patrick but was probably not written by him. I’m talking of course about “The Breastplate,” often also called “The Lorica” or… Read more

Michael Martin Discusses the Sophia Option

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 15 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I know this is far later than usual, but I wanted to write you a very quick letter. As you know, over the last month I’ve been telling you about Michael Martin and his Sophia Option. Well, in the video below you get to briefly see Martin discuss it. Two of the standouts for me in this video are Martin’s reference to the… Read more

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 (Michael assures me he’s done for now on these). In these two essays Martin continues to note his dissatisfaction with Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option. In… 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 Battle. Lewis describes Saturn this way in The Discarded Image: In the earth his influence produces lead; in men the melancholy complexion; in history, disastrous… Read more

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