T.M.B. wrote in asking if I had read Brian J. Gail’s Trilogy. As I say, I am about the most badly read hermit ever to have lived. Favorite reading material has, in the past, been The Far Side by a fellow Minnesotan. When I lived at the Casa Santa Maria, conveniently across from the Pontifical Biblical Institue, in the 1990s, I was determined to read at least one novel from the used books room. I picked The Sum of All Fears by Dan Fogelman and Tom Clancy. I picked up on his style, and used that for the first volume of a Trilogy I started to write while doing my doctoral thesis on Genesis 2,4–3,24, waiting for my moderator to plow through another chapter of the thesis. The first volume turned out to be some 750 pages. Paul Brazier (R.I.P), perhaps the greatest intellect and most wonderful Catholic in the Southern Hemisphere, throught it was great, “a ripper!” However, I got the idea that it was a difficult read, very dense, however dramatic, as it took him 9 days of virtually non-stop reading to get through it. What to do? Read more, and learn from other people’s style. T.M.B.’s offer to send Brian J. Gail’s Trilogy may be just the thing for me. We’ll see what his style is like. I’m a bit leary of some of those praising the book, but take solace that, for instance, Motherless is supported by Cardinal Burke and Archbishop Chaput. Thank you so much, T.M.B. I’m sure this will help me quite a bit. Very thoughtful. Do you readers have any comments to make about this series? Can one start with a different volume than Fatherless, or does one have to follow the order Fatherless, Motherless, Childless?
Also in the mail was the signal repeater from C.W. Thanks C.W.! I’ve still not permanently set it up, but have noticed a stronger, more stable signal, about 40%, up from a terribly occilating 0-15%. So, this is much, much better. The homily series is getting closer with this addition to the hermitage.