February 22, 2019

Ordinary Time 22 February 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Even as I write this, it is snowing outside. Yet my mind has, of late, been wandering to old walks and wilds and woods. Thus, in my first official, or first full, poetry letter, I am thinking about William Wordsworth’s lovely, “I wandered lonely as a cloud”.  The poem is written about a region of England known as the Lake District. I am told that the… Read more

February 21, 2019

Ordinary Time 21 February 2019 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Lately, I’ve been seeing theologian, Dr. John Milbank (mentioned many times in previous letters) singing the praises of a Full English Breakfast. Seeing his tweets on this divine subject, I thought I would add my own words. For the uninitiated, a Full English Breakfast––something now chiefly relegated to holiday spots and the occasional pub––consists of the following: eggs (nearly always 2) cooked to order (but fried… Read more

February 18, 2019

Ordinary Time 18 February 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I miss walking. When my wife and lived in England we had to walk everywhere. We didn’t own a car. We didn’t even take advantage of being able to drive for the first six months without a UK license. We were just too scared to drive on the “wrong side of the road.” Really, my wife was concerned about me driving (and so was I). So… Read more

February 15, 2019

Ordinary Time 15 February 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, This is by no means the first time the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite’s name has graced my letters. But today, I want to sing his praises for his most recent book, In Every Corner Sing. This is fitting as I have decided to begin a weekly series on poetry. While this particular book by Guite is not a work of poetry, Guite is a poet and… Read more

February 14, 2019

Ordinary Time Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, Last Christmas, I received one Ancestry.com’s DNA kits as a present. Recently, the analysis was updated making me now 68% Welsh/English/Northwestern Europe and 20% Irish/Scottish. Reflecting on my biological ethnicity has led me to think on my spiritual ethnicity. Many traditions have formed my spiritual make-up. And this is good, I think. I know that to some of my fellow Catholics, these categories may… Read more

January 29, 2019

Ordinary Time 29 January 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH   Dearest Readers, The Catholic Church is currently going through a dark time, of this there can be no doubt. But in the midst of this darkness, I don’t want to forget the things that drew me to the Catholic Church in the first place. Over my next few letters, I’ll be writing about what drew me to the Church which hasn’t changed despite the mess we have found,… Read more

January 25, 2019

Ordinary Time 22 January 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, More and more I hear people longing for the past. Different people mean different things by “the past.” For some, it means the era of the 50’s and 60’s when everyone knew their neighbors, no-fault divorce was illegal, so was abortion, and Catholic communities were apparently thriving. Others long for a time more distant past. Some long for the more violent aspects of the Middle Ages with… Read more

January 22, 2019

Ordinary Time 22 January 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, Over the past few months I have been part of a group which existed for the express purpose of creating a public letter to the Catholic Bishops. Before the current news cycle makes us forget other problems within our Church, I want to make sure this message gets out. I did not contribute to any of the text, I won’t try to make that claim, Dr. Holly… Read more

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