Author Archives: Gil Bailie

Feeding the gods

One of the great values of what John Paul II called the Splendor of Truth is that it shatters even the most impervious ideological barriers erected to hide it. A recent archeological find in Mexico City detailed in Science magazine … Continue reading

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The Cost (and Benefit) of Discipleship

“It is precisely the hard truths of our faith, those which the culture ignores and even despises, that have the greatest power to move people to conversion and be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Indeed, only this has … Continue reading

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In This Time – a poem

If the myth’s outworn, the legend broken, Useless even within the child’s story Since he sees well they now bring light no longer Into our eyes: and if our past retreats And blows away like dust along the desert, Not … Continue reading

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Seeing Things Politically

“… we see a growing incapacity in Europe to accept political disagreement and run the risk of electoral choice. The tyranny of political correctness is, by the way, the most striking manifestation of this fear of disagreement. The pre-democratic counsel … Continue reading

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Directions

Back when I was traveling from city to city giving talks, I had the luxury of looking into the faces of those with whom I was in conversation. In fact, it was this that both sustained and energized me during … Continue reading

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The Predicament

“There are still countries today where, even in the Catholic Church, the individual is in a situation reminiscent of that in which Kierkegaard found himself, in a national church that had fallen into liberalism: however willing the individual is to … Continue reading

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Antichrist

  He’s the false copy where each feature’s wrong, Yet so disposed the whole gives a resemblance. … When he forgives It is for love of sin not of the sinner. … His vast indulgence is so free and ample, … Continue reading

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Whence Human Rights?

“When there is no agreement about what a human person is, there is no possibility of a shared vision of human rights. John Paul II was aware of this problem. In a speech to the Vatican Diplomatic Corps in 1989 … Continue reading

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Liberation

Every revival of paganism involves a lessening of intellectual vigor, or, at best the substitution of a formal intellectual virtuosity for a more substantive and productive exercise of intelligence. On the contrary, each new step in the on-going discovery of … Continue reading

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Freedom

Some thoughts to keep in mind as we prepare to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the birth of the United States of America this July 4th…   Premodern philosophers viewed freedom as a prerequisite of human virtue. … Freedom is … Continue reading

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