Author Archives: Randy Coleman-Riese

Reflections on the Girard Christmas Card

In past years in celebration of Christmas we have posted a short excerpt from the Hoover Institutions Uncommon Knowledge series of an interview by Peter Robinson with René Girard recorded in 2009. Viewing it again, I find the combination of … Continue reading

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Holiday Parties (circa 1830’s Maryland)

The holidays are part and parcel of the gross fraud, wrong, and inhumanity of slavery. They are professedly a custom established by the benevolence of the slaveholders; but I undertake to say, it is the result of selfishness, and one … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving retrospective

Reflections on Civic Religion – public expressions of national faith in God This year’s pandemic transformed holiday traditions have attempted to replace physical with virtual presence to mitigate the spread of the COVID virus. Perhaps those adapted to the virtual … Continue reading

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Waiting for…?

Now that our great sacrificial sorting of elected office holders is behind us there remains a residue of uncertainty as to what will happen next. Waiting for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to ride through town… with the pandemic … Continue reading

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Voter Suppression

Approximately, thirty-four million voters between the ages of 18 and 47 have been deprived of their right to vote in the upcoming US presidential election. They are not felons, though now this is frequently not a reason to be denied … Continue reading

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Becoming worthy of the beauty of Being

Recently some friends of the Cornerstone Forum spent an hour with Gil Bailie in a group Skype call in which Gil shared a short draft excerpt from his current writing project. The excerpt was entitled ‘Conversion’ and introduced two examples. … Continue reading

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Communicating Christian hope in a changing world

We find ourselves back in the same situation as that which the Christians encountered during the decline of the ancient world. Everything depends on whether the Christians … are able to communicate their hope to a world in which man … Continue reading

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Fear of Death & Human Nature

Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reason (Catholic Ideas for a Secular World) by Pierre Manent From the introduction written by Daniel J. Mahoney: For the acting human being and the acting Christian, death cannot be … Continue reading

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+ Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger 1926 – 2007

Thirteen years ago this month Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger died. Gil Bailie wrote a short homage (copied below) on our old weblog to mark his passing. In 2014 a French television channel produced a docudrama about his life – the English … Continue reading

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Listening to voices…from proximity to podcasts

For most of human history the only way one person could hear another person’s voice was to be within what was called ‘earshot’ of them. You had to be in close enough proximity to them to hear them. One can … Continue reading

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