The Annunciation

You shouldn’t believe everything you’re told.  The reality of it is not what you think. It’s not something people in polite company should want to talk about, never mind tell their children. It should have never been made into some kind of fairy story.

Candlemass 2nd February

Bede records in his Reckoning of Time (A.D. 725) the use of candles at the Feast of Purification was common in his day.  (Latin Text) [O]n the feast of St Mary, the whole populace with the priests and ministers goes on procession through the churches and the city neighbourhoods, all singing devout hymns, and carryingContinue reading “Candlemass 2nd February”

The Annunciation

I wanted to share with you a small piece called ‘The Annunciation’, that I wrote last year and which has been published by a small non-profit online magazine called The Cauldron This is the link if anyone would like to read it. There are some other amazing stories, poetry and non-fiction in there too. WhyContinue reading “The Annunciation”

The Feast of The Annunciation – March 25th

The threefold terror of love; a fallen flareThrough the hollow of an ear;Wings beating about the room;The terror of all terrors that I boreThe Heavens in my womb. Had I not found content among the showsEvery common woman knows,Chimney corner, garden walk,Or rocky cistern where we tread the clothesAnd gather all the talk? What isContinue reading “The Feast of The Annunciation – March 25th”

‘Wings beating about the room…’

The Mother Of God

The threefold terror of love; a fallen flare
Through the hollow of an ear;
Wings beating about the room;
The terror of all terrors that I bore
The Heavens in my womb.

October 13th – Our Lady of Clairvaux, France, (1114)

      “She, I say, is that shining and brilliant star, so much needed, set in place above life’s great and spacious sea, glittering with merits, all aglow with examples for our imitation. Oh, whosoever thou art that perceiveth thyself during this mortal existence to be rather drifting in treacherous waters, at the mercyContinue reading “October 13th – Our Lady of Clairvaux, France, (1114)”

October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary

  FAITH The museum is an empty house, a dead lifestyle. In the living room, pictures of Jesus forlorn, an old rosary hanging over the bed. This how we lived in old days, they tell me. I understand old ones die, like you did, Aunty, the way your soul left your body, blank on bleached sheets, theContinue reading “October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary”

October 6: Our Lady of All Help, France (1640)

  The Cleaning Lady It’s her job to clean up after Things Go Wrong. The mattress where he soundly slept, twisted up in the blue and grey sheets, the lace-ends frayed and tied together. Holes by the toes that defied any needle and thread rest his red shoes, scrunched between the fabric , searching forContinue reading “October 6: Our Lady of All Help, France (1640)”

October 4th – Our Lady of Vassivière, Auvergne, France (1374)

Transfiguration of the Black Madonna (excerpted from Zenith) **  Gypsy Goddess; Gypsy Saint Black Madonna, full of snakes, let your crescent down. Wield the sickle, rush the milk, and salt the serpents’ mouths. Golden bangles, black milk snakes—these adorn your arms. Blue sky cloth cut for (you) Sarah, Sarah Black, Madonna Shadow, cut for goddess saintContinue reading “October 4th – Our Lady of Vassivière, Auvergne, France (1374)”

October 3: Our Lady of the Place, Rome (1250) – Or Our Lady of the Well

The Early Purges I was six when I first saw kittens drown. Dan Taggart pitched them, ‘the scraggy wee shits’, Into a bucket; a frail metal sound, Soft paws scraping like mad. But their tiny din Was soon soused. They were slung on the snout Of the pump and the water pumped in. ‘Sure, isn’tContinue reading “October 3: Our Lady of the Place, Rome (1250) – Or Our Lady of the Well”

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