Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Quieting of Mary with the Resurrected One

What they felt then: is it not above all other mysteries the sweetest and yet still earthly: when he, pale from the grave, his burdens laid down, went to her: risen in all places. Oh, first to her. How they … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross by Vonn Hartung

This is a reprise of a post from last year and worthy of an annual presentation. My friend Vonn Hartung has painted a magnificent Stations of the Cross series — especially moving on Good Friday.   And a Good Friday … Continue reading

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Choice and Choosing: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XI

He had to choose. But it was not a choice Between excluding things. It was not a choice Between, but of. He chose to include the things That in each other are included, the whole, The complicate, the amassing harmony. … Continue reading

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Harmonizing Theologians: Dante’s Paradiso Canto X

Dante sees the theologians in the Paradiso as harmonizers of the collision at the center of the cross – orchestrating the chaos of the cosmos into music and dance. In an image not usually associated with the work of theology, … Continue reading

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A Western Koan: Dante’s Paradiso Canto X

Squaring the Circle – G K Chesterton on Circles and Crosses: As we have taken the circle as the symbol of reason and madness, we may very well take the cross as the symbol at once of mystery and of … Continue reading

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Genocide of Christians in the Middle East

I encourage you to read the short article by Ralph Peters of the Hoover Institution – Killing the Neighbors – 101 Years of Genocide in Confict: The genocide against Middle-Eastern Christians approaches its endgame, while Western leaders look away as … Continue reading

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On the Feast of St. Patrick…

On this most Irish of feast days I reprise a link from one of the last posts on our old blog site. Seamus Heaney’s “St. Kevin and the Blackbird” captures something of the spirit of St. Patrick, as well as … Continue reading

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Creativity – Dante’s Paradiso Canto X

Those interested in following the work of Gil Bailie and the Cornerstone Forum may recall that a year ago we ended the posting of excerpts from our audio archival materials on our old blog site. At that time I was … Continue reading

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Poverty

The great Catholic theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar, quoting in passing the great Catholic novelist and essayist, George Bernanos: “The worst thing is that the rich have dishonored the poor in a new way: they have absorbed the poor into … Continue reading

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Progressives, Conservatives and Patriots

We are proving Chesterton right … again. “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes being corrected.” … Continue reading

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