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A July 4th Reflection – “something more than common”

In 1861 the newly elected 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was slowly making his way from Springfield, MO to the nation’s capital. On this journey Mr. Lincoln stopped at various points to make speeches to the people … Continue reading

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What will remain?

Poems from a Diary 1974 Who will last? And what? The wind will stay, and the blind man’s blindness when he’s gone away, and a thread of foam – a sign of the sea – and a bit of cloud … Continue reading

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Remembering with Gratitude and Sorrow

Amid the aftermath of the most recent episodes of civilian slaughter we come to our National Day of Remembrance for the lives given in service to our country. With so few in America now serving in the armed forces, and … Continue reading

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Spring Newsletter – Reflections on Sophocles’ Antigone & Changes Ahead…

We are celebrating this Easter season of Resurrection by offering to all who stop by our dusty corner of the internet the complimentary downloadable MP3 audio file of Gil Bailie’s Reflections on Sophocles’ Antigone. Follow the link below to download … Continue reading

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Secularized Messianism

In the middle of the last century, Hans Urs von Balthasar worried that the West was “preparing highly developed civilizations for a degenerate materialistic and nihilistic form of Western thought, which expresses the resentments of the inventors of this secularized … Continue reading

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The Quieting of Mary with the Resurrected One

What they felt then: is it notabove all other mysteries the sweetestand 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 theyinexpressibly began to heal.Yes heal: that simple. … Continue reading

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Pascha – Death is not the end

It may be difficult for denizens of the 21st century to appreciate the hopelessness felt in the presence of death by their distant ancestors prior to the experience of that first Easter in Roman occupied Judea circa 30 BCE. Among … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Paradise…

One of the most glorious sights in the world is a wide, beaming smile of someone who has a missing front tooth. It is a glimpse of the human condition, both fallen and redeemed. The only lasting crown is a … Continue reading

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The deritualization of social life …

“The deritualization of social life invites struggles for power. Far from being an enlightening process, the destruction of ritual in Western culture is a major symptom of its demonic character, opening up the possibility of some persons feeding themselves on … Continue reading

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Faith has set its mark on history…

Hans Urs von Balthasar, quoting Reinhold Schneider: “Faith has set it mark on history to such an extent that man has no longer any other choice than that of being a servant or an enemy of the faith, one cannot … Continue reading

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