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Maundy Thursday & Richard Wilbur…The Rule

The Rule The oil for extreme unction must be blessed On Maundy Thursday, so the rule has ruled, And by the bishop of the diocese. Does that revolt you? If so, you are free To squat beneath the deadly manchineel, … Continue reading

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From the archives: Just Before Entering Holy Week

Just before entering into the spirit of Holy Week, however, I am prompted by a piece about the retrofitting of the Lord’s Prayer by a group calling itself the “Non-Theistic Liturgy Resources Working Group” at St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton, … Continue reading

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Free Revelation, and a Poetic entrée to Holy Week…

As an Easter gift to those who find our work of interest we are offering to everyone on our email list (or, in this case, just stopping by our website) a complimentary downloadable MP3 audio file of Gil Bailie’s Reflections … Continue reading

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A Prayer Before Holy Week

“May God grant my continued understanding of one thing: attachment to the Church’s tradition, far from being a stumbling block it is the principle of all effective audacity.” – Henri de Lubac

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Had Enough…?

“It is one and the same movement which makes people no longer believe in the Republic and no longer believe in God, no longer want to lead a republican life, and no longer want to lead a Christian life, they … Continue reading

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A Thirst for Communion

  “The story is told of a priest who, shortly after apostatizing, said to a visitor who was about to congratulate him: ‘From now onward I am no more than a philosopher – in other words, a man alone.’ It … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts to Ponder…

Before he became Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger summarized something written by the French mystic and Jewish writer Simone Weil… “People recognize the good only when they themselves do it. They recognize the evil only when they do not do … Continue reading

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Lenten Discipline

Christians the world over entered the liturgical season of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Many Catholic Christians were notified by their priests and bishops of the specific rules to be followed during these penitential 40 days leading into Holy Week and … Continue reading

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The Role of the Laity

Gil Bailie recently gave a presentation at the Convocation of the College of Fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. Following are some excerpts: My remarks take their point of departure and borrow their resolve from … Continue reading

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From Anthropology to Social Theory

In the introduction to their “From Anthropology to Social Theory,” Arpad Szakolczai and Bjørn Thomassen remark on the entries found in the 2017 Sociology Catalogue: “What [the catalogue] offers as social theory in 2017 is clearly a representative collection. It … Continue reading

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