Author Archives: Gil Bailie

Remembering René Girard

René Girard passed from this life four years ago, leaving behind both an intellectual legacy and a wonderful example of a well-lived life. He changed my life in so many ways, for which I am deeply grateful. For those who … Continue reading

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Christ or nothing

In 1968, Malcolm Muggeridge resigned in protest as Rector of Edinburgh University because of the university’s relaxation of its policy on drug use by students. His resignation speech – delivered from the pulpit of St Giles Catherdral in a service … Continue reading

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A note from film noir….

  Something to bear in mind during these difficult times for the Church: At one point, [Orson] Welles – speaking as the elusive crook Harry Lime – proclaims: “In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, … Continue reading

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A 9|11 Memorial Remembered

Remembering the 50th on the 5th (this was initially posted on our old blog site on September 11, 2006) My father was killed in the Battle of the Bulge on January 7, 1945 a few months after I was born. … Continue reading

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Unplanned

  Archeologists in Peru have discovered 227 bodies of children sacrificed by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture to appease the gods of wet weather – the El Niño. “Wherever you dig, there’s another one,” the chief archeologist Feren Castillo said. We … Continue reading

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Without me, you can do nothing

Christian anthropology – based on the revelation of Christ and the philosophical insights which that revelation awakened – insists that grace perfects nature. What isn’t apparent until the grace-nature connection is widely abandoned is that not only does grace perfect … Continue reading

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Civilization & Barbarism

Hans Urs von Balthasar, quoting and commenting on observations of the French novelist George Bernanos: “The thing we still call ‘civilization’ has outstripped every form of barbarism in accomplishing works of destruction. It now threatens to destroy, not only the … Continue reading

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An intimate conversation

The brilliant philosopher, Edith Stein, found Catholicism to be – not the alternative to her Judaism, but its fulfillment. It is conceivable that the genesis of that conversion occurred quite by accident (or was it providence) when she happened to … Continue reading

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The Longing…

C. S. Lewis: The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country … the place where I ought to have … Continue reading

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Florilegium

“Sooner or later, all nihilism destroys itself from within with the frightening question, ‘What for?’ And sexual nihilism with, ‘And then?’ The insane and the maniacs are multiplying; how distressing it is to accept their vision as the norm because … Continue reading

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