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False Prophet

In an earlier post Gil Bailie quoted from Hans Urs Von Balthasar suggesting Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s current role might be understood as a lone seed from which a renewed Church could emerge. And on Facebook Gil had posted a … Continue reading

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a solitary Christian…without earthly hope

Rereading what Hans Urs von Balthasar (quoting in passing Dietrich Bonhoeffer) has written brings to mind the role that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is now performing for the Church and the world. “There are moments when a solitary Christian undergoes … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

Over the past months since Ash Wednesday we have had occasion to mentioned the nearness of death to each of us as well as our consciousness of it. The recent advent of the coronavirus has impressed on us the former … Continue reading

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Death and Daily Laughter

In 1921 G. K. Chesterton traveled to America for a lecture tour and upon his return wrote of his experiences in a short book entitled “What I Saw in America”. In the introduction Chesterton comments on some of his preconceptions … 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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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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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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Spring Newsletter – Home Alone Edition

New in our store this month are Gil Bailie’s Reflections on T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral and The Hollow Men. Our donors who support our efforts with gifts of $5 per month ($60/yr) or more will receive a complimentary … Continue reading

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Vonn Hartung shares a beautiful 10 minute meditation on the Stations of the Resurrection – the Via Lucis. Easter blessings!

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