Entirely unrelated tidbits:
The Coalition for Clarity has two historical quotes of interest posted here. The first is St. Augustine, writing at the end of the Roman Empire of course; the second is Pope Nicolas I, writing in 886.
So many times history books try to sum up an entire society by what happened most. Peering into the detailed lives of individuals gives a more accurate picture.
And our other topic: For those who are looking here for an update: Aria is doing great, little finger is pinned back together and she’s a happy girl. Especially since this whole event has been associated with the aquisition of new clothes. Prayers for good results at the follow-up appointment Feb 8th much appreciated.