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Becoming worthy of the beauty of Being

Recently some friends of the Cornerstone Forum spent an hour with Gil Bailie in a group Skype call in which Gil shared a short draft excerpt from his current writing project. The excerpt was entitled ‘Conversion’ and introduced two examples. … Continue reading

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Communicating Christian hope in a changing world

We find ourselves back in the same situation as that which the Christians encountered during the decline of the ancient world. Everything depends on whether the Christians … are able to communicate their hope to a world in which man … Continue reading

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Cancel Culture…draining the drama of meaning

“Since satisfactory answers [to the question of the meaning of human existence] have not been found apart from Christ, there is an attempt today to cancel the questions or at least to rob them of their dramatic quality. We are … Continue reading

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Fear of Death & Human Nature

Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reason (Catholic Ideas for a Secular World) by Pierre Manent From the introduction written by Daniel J. Mahoney: For the acting human being and the acting Christian, death cannot be … Continue reading

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+ Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger 1926 – 2007

Thirteen years ago this month Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger died. Gil Bailie wrote a short homage (copied below) on our old weblog to mark his passing. In 2014 a French television channel produced a docudrama about his life – the English … Continue reading

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Hostile to the very idea of human nature…

Thirteen years ago after much deliberation Gil Bailie posted the following on our old web blog. In the intervening years the cultural milieu has moved dramatically in regard to the matters of concern in this post. I am re-posting it … Continue reading

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Human Nature

“Contrary to what our nihilists and relativists tell us, there is a human nature, and its resiliency is such that it often manages to adjust to the weirdest cultural insanities.” – René Girard

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The Intoxication of Violence

“Since satisfactory answers [to the question of the meaning of human existence] have not been found apart from Christ, there is an attempt today to cancel the questions or at least to rob them of their dramatic quality. We are … Continue reading

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Only the beginning…

“As unbelievers deny [the Christian] Revelation more decisively, as they put their denial into more consistent practice, it will become the more evident what it really means to be a Christian. At the same time, the unbeliever will emerge from … Continue reading

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On the Fourth of July in 2020

My thoughts in these troubled times are sober and sobering ones. Ours is a period in history fraught with peril and uncertainty. But it has been in such times as these that our faith has rekindled itself. The world is … Continue reading

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