COVID 81

This morning’s run encountered medium pollen, 9° temps, sore adductors (I think; I’m not much of an anatomist), but I still pared back the mile to 9:23. Morning Office, hot breakfast, Sunday Service on Radio 4, then Mass (we started at the patronal of Most Holy Trinity, Wolverhampton, but connectivity issues brought us ’round to…

COVID Eighty

I underdressed for what turns out to have been a chilly start for the day, around 7°. Pollen medium, high humidity, some breezes, but I pulled my time back to 9:37. Groceries at Tesco, but they don’t stock the newspapers, so I hopped out for another dash to Sainsbury’s. Morning Office, hot breakfast, and then…

Sacraments and Repulsion

Church people often quote the familiar slogan that a sacrament is ‘an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace’, which is true enough as far as it goes. But there’s more to be said: in a sacrament, the Church teaches that God has promised that what is signified in the sacrament will…

COVID World, Seventy-Nine

Cool weather (11°), medium pollen, light breezes, but sometime in the past couple of days I overstretched my thigh muscles and I couldn’t pick up my pace at all; my mile timed only 10:00, the slowest mile I’ve run in weeks. Morning Office, fruit breakfast, some emailing, some Legends, some reading. Actually, that made up…

COVID Seventy-Eight

I slept late this morning — ten to six, huzzah! — but that meant that the streets were actually almost busy when I took my morning run. The grey skies and breezes made the temperature feel chillier than the 10° my weather app showed. I saw a woman in an anorak on Magdalen Road! High…

COVID Seventy-Seven

Back to my usual schedule: up early for my run (14°, high pollen, heavy unwilling legs, time of 9:22), quick shower and then for the first time in eleven weeks, I set off for Tesco! We had been going to Sainsbury’s because it was nearer, smaller, and open earlier, but it develops that Tesco has…

Against the Plague

Herewith I deposit my liturgical pamphlet for A Prayer for Aid Against the Plague (Remedium contra Pestem) (download from that link) and the accompanying Plague Cross. For further reading, Don C. Skemer’s excellent short, illustrated academic essay ‘Deciphering a central European plague amulet’ in the Wellcome collection’s blog sheds a lot of light (even though,…