Author Archives: Cornerstone Forum

A Lenten Reflection – The Multiplication Table

The website The Catholic Thing has published a Lenten reflection by Gil Bailie entitled, The Multiplication Table. It is a classic piece of Gil’s work. I especially appreciate the play of the title and the text. ‘Multiplication table’ is not … Continue reading

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A Mailbox Full of Valentines for Grace

Thomas Merton’s poem Grace’s House was frequently mentioned in Gil Bailie’s talks from the 1980’s and 90’s. I offer an example from an excerpt of Gil’s series on W. H. Auden’s New Year Letter below. I encourage those coming by this … Continue reading

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Filling the Vacuum….

Virgil tells Dante what it was that caused the Assyrian Queen, Semiramis, to be tormented in the region of the Inferno reserved for the lustful. Her sin, however, seems to have been more than just lust, which for Dante is … Continue reading

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Roe v. Wade: The Tragedy of Our Age

January is the month in which we remember the 1973 United State Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. This weekend there are marches around the country by those who believe that court ruling was a tragedy. Significantly, the promoters … Continue reading

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We Saw His Star In The East

Of all the liturgical feasts in the Church calendar the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord seems to me to most reflect the mission of the Cornerstone Forum. For it is on this day the Church celebrates the light … Continue reading

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New Year Letter

In 1940 when Europe was being ravaged by war a 33 year old W. H. Auden penned his ‘New Year Letter’ to a friend. The poem’s length and copyright prevents its being reproduced here. However, Gil Bailie spent a few … Continue reading

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Christmas Blessings

We wish all a blessed Christmas. As our families and friends gather around to celebrate an event that none of us fully fathom, let us take time to hear again the words of the angel host, “Do not be afraid, for … Continue reading

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To make an end is to make a beginning

For years I have found the Church’s liturgical calendar more helpful than the secularized Gregorian calendar in reckoning my place in the temporal order. The liturgical seasons have an effect on me that may be slightly more subtle than the … Continue reading

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The Obedience of Faith

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21 That, it seems to me, is the synoptic analogue for Paul’s references to “the obedience of faith” in his Letter to the Romans (1:5; 16:26). As for the … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

Happiness doesn’t lead to gratitude; it’s gratitude that leads to happiness. Gratitude is less measured by how pleased we are with the blessings we have received and more by how much we love those from whom we have received them … Continue reading

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