Author Archives: Gil Bailie

Episode 5: Resentment Part 1

The first part of a presentation Gil Bailie gave to the Foundation for Development and Cooperation in Brisbane, Australia in July, 2003. https://storage.cornerstone-forum.org/KFBG_05_Resentment1_podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:49 — 15.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | … Continue reading

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Funny Truths

Writing in the 1980s, Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) quoted a humorous couplet from the German poet, Wilhelm Busch. I don’t read German, and I don’t have the German original, but the English translation I have doesn’t quite … Continue reading

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The Limitless Landscape of Poetry

This lovely Richard Wilbur poem gives up new secrets every time I come back to it. Two Voices in a Meadow A MILKWEEDAnonymous as cherubsOver the crib of God,White seeds are floatingOut of my burst pod.What power had IBefore I … Continue reading

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Episode 4: Emancipation from Radical Emancipation – The Apprehension of Personal Vocation through Liturgy and the Arts

Recorded November 12, 2011 at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture conference on Radical Emancipation: Confronting the Challenge of Secularism. This recorded session features presentations from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology president, Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, … Continue reading

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Standing in awe . . .

Imagine reading a splendid poem – using the adjective with all its richness – and being “struck” by its loveliness. It arrests the reader. It takes him to a new place, as we say. It enchants him. Or say one … Continue reading

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Episode 3: Nothing Remains Intact Without Effort

It is not safe to entrust a doctrinal treasure to the passivity of memory. Intelligence must play a part in its conservation, rediscovering it, so to speak, in the process. Fr. Henri de Lubac, S.J. Recorded in August 2009 at … Continue reading

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Modification of Mortification

“The modification in the spiritual attitude that is contained in this transition from patristic to modern piety can be described as the change from a world-condemning ‘dying to the world’ to a world-affirming ‘dying to the world.’ In other words, … Continue reading

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Episode 2: 2000 years and no new god

A presentation by Gil Bailie recorded in 2003 at the College of the Holy Cross – “The Anatomy of Evil” conference . https://storage.cornerstone-forum.org/KFBG_02_2KYrsNNG_podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:32 — 22.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | … Continue reading

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Episode 1: Bells & Whistles – The Technology of Forgetfulness

This is a presentation Gil Bailie gave at the 2018 conference of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. “The rural peals of the nineteenth century, which have become for us the sound of another time bear witness to a different way … Continue reading

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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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