Author Archives: Gil Bailie

Western Genius

It is a good time to recall what the Stanford professor Robert Harrison has written in his fine book Juvenescence , “The greatness of Western civilization, for all its disfiguring vices, consists in the fact that it has repeatedly found … Continue reading

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Imagine…a virus stalking through the modern State

On a virus of a different sort, no less mortally lethal and considerably more morally so: About the fate of post-Christian Western cultures G. K. Chesterton cannot be thought overly optimistic. But in one small way – having to do … Continue reading

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Love your neighbor as yourself…

“In vain we shall search the world before Christ for this kind of outlook of man on his fellow man; we shall find it neither in Plato, who speaks nobly of Eros, nor in the treatises of Aristotle and Cicero … Continue reading

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Enthusiastically Ecclesisatic…

“For myself,” said Origen, “I desire to be truly ecclesiastic.” He thought – and rightly – that there was no other way of being a Christian in the full sense. And anyone who is possessed by a similar desire will … Continue reading

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Beauty’s vengence

“Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along … Continue reading

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Memory and Tradition

“The appeal to tradition is not a mere remembrance of the past; it involves rather the recognition of a cultural heritage which belongs to all of humanity. Indeed it may be said that it is we who belong to the … Continue reading

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False Prophets

“A false prophet is not one who predicts false things, but one whose guiding principle is not true … one who fondles the spirit of the age…. He takes up the cause of generous ideas just when these are beginning … Continue reading

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Turning Ourselves into Gifts

“The modern world insidiously brings back forms of self-enslavement from which Western society had largely escaped during the Christian centuries.” – René Girard         “Our gratitude for the gift of ourselves must tend toward fashioning our whole … Continue reading

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The terrorism of modern thought…

“A great many modern theologians succumb to the terrorism of modern thought and condemn without a hearing something they are not capable of experiencing even as ‘poetry’ any more – the final trace in the world of a spiritual intuition … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving…and a note from St. Hilary

There is so much for which we are grateful today: our families, our friends, our faith, and for all those who have inspired us and encouraged our efforts. We thank God for such blessings and we thank you for your … Continue reading

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