An Everlasting Name

 

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I’m currently working on what I think will be a novella, tentatively titled: “An Everlasting Name.” The title comes from a passage in Isaiah 56: 4-5.

Neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

The story concerns the love of an elder monk for his younger monastic brother. This story brings together my interests in religion and spirituality and issues of gay love. This story is absolutely chaste; there’s no naughtiness or shenanigans, and is intended as a parable or metaphor.

I am posting the chapter to my Medium page as I complete each one.

  1. The Apperance of the Names.
  2. The Angel and Brother Timothy.
  3. The Construction of the Monastery.
  4. Lunch conversation with guest, debate on religion, ghosts, church building.
  5. The story of Tonis and Paddy, pt 1.
  6. Brother Francis and Brother Cole talk.
  7. The story of Tonis and Paddy, pt.2.
  8. The Chapter house meeting, Brother Francis criticized, Rule read.
  9. Brother Francis has a dream.
  10. Brother Francis weeps, Brother timothy’s prayer.
  11. The story of Tonis and Paddy, p3.
  12. Brother Francis visits the Abbot, more about the names.
  13. Brother Francis meditates on the Names.
  14. Story of the fallen Church, narrated by angel.
  15. The incident in the church, with Francis, Carl, Cole, Abbot, rabbit. Guest expelled.
  16. Chat with Brother Paul.
  17. The Brothers in the night, narrated by angel.
  18. More names come in the night.
  19. Brother Timothy dies during
  20. Brother Francis searches for Tonis and Paddy, the angel, comforted by a rabbit.
  21. Vespers said over Brother Timothy.
  22. Tonis and Paddy come to visit body of Brother Timothy.
  23. Confrontation with kitchen monk (chapter house?), we are all Peter.
  24. Brother Francis dreams of the angel, fight the forces in the field, killing Timothy?
  25. More names, including Francis’s, refusal to write, the angel.
  26. Brothers come to comfort Brother Francis, Abbot tells them about names.
  27. Funeral arrangements are made; an unexpected visitor arrives.
  28. Brother Francis understands the meaning of the names.
  29. Brother Francis morns Brother Timothy, angel appears.
  30. Decision and Brother Francis’s death.
  31. Conclusion: headstone, rabbit, narrated by angel.

 

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