Author Archives: Gil Bailie

Message in a bottle….

Ten years ago Gil Bailie spent time reading University of Pennsylvania scholar Philip Rieff’s works with the following results… To Whom It May Concern: [To European culture today — while it can still be spoken of in the singular — … Continue reading

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A Look Back At – Tradition

          The word “tradition” and the word “treason” come from the same root. The very name “modernity” self-consciously used to describe the period of the last several centuries in Western cultural history clearly exemplifies the spirit … Continue reading

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No Father…No Family…No Faith

Some years ago, a friend of mine and I collaborated as part of a Lenten series of presentations at a Catholic parish here in Sonoma, California. One thing that my friend said had a great impact on me and on … Continue reading

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A Remedy for Sentimentality

  A decade ago Elizabeth Bailie, Gil Bailie’s wife, was called from this life to the next. Her passing has left those who know her with both a sense of loss and tremendous gratitude for the gift of her life. … Continue reading

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Logos

As I have often said from the podium, it helps to clear away the “spirit of the age” clutter to ask: Why are we here? Or: What are humans for? Now that I’ve violated the one grammatical principle that I … Continue reading

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Sign of the Times – 10 Years on

    In an article published January 6th 2007 in The Washington Post there appeared a story about the latest wrinkle in the eugenics revolution: A Texas company has started producing batches of ready-made embryos that single women and infertile … Continue reading

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Sin & Death – a moebius strip

For a while now I have thought about posting something about one of the most theologically influential verses in the New Testament, Romans 5:12, on which Augustine famously depended for his teaching on original sin. Readings from a recent daily … Continue reading

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Impatience . . .

“It is better to bear uncertainty than to talk oneself into a decision that has no permanence. Genuine readiness already contains the seed of faith; untruth, on the other hand, that self-deception that pretends to views it does not really … Continue reading

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Custody of the Eyes

In a recent reflection (again) in the Magnificat, a remark by the Thomist philosopher Josef Pieper caught my eye, if you’ll pardon the pun (which you won’t have noticed until you read what Pieper said): The cultivation of the natural … Continue reading

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Kairos, Courage, Love

In his Trojan Horse in the City of God, Dietrich von Hildebrand wrote of the way a particular historical situation compels Christians to speak a perennial truth with special forcefulness. The Greek term for such moments is kairos, what von … Continue reading

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