Tag Archives: Hans Urs von Balthasar

The Longing…

C. S. Lewis: The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country … the place where I ought to have … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Suffering: A New Situation

I gave a short talk at the Good Friday service at my parish on the question of vicarious suffering. I spoke from notes, but I began with this: In the David Mamet film Heist, the dubious character played by Danny DeVito … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Suffering: A New Situation

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

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Role of the Laity

The Public Atmospherics of Health

Here is a very timely message from the pen of Hans Urs von Balthasar, written decades before the current crisis in the Catholic Church: “The bold venture of speaking openly concerns everything that must urgently be said in Church and … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Public Atmospherics of Health

The Predicament

“There are still countries today where, even in the Catholic Church, the individual is in a situation reminiscent of that in which Kierkegaard found himself, in a national church that had fallen into liberalism: however willing the individual is to … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Predicament

More on the Epistemology of Faith . . .

During his 40 days in the desert, Jesus was tempted to do things that would make the truth of his claims and the meaning of his existence irrefutable. He declined. His followers down through the centuries have sometimes tried to … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on More on the Epistemology of Faith . . .

The Science of Facts & The Epistemology of Truth

A number of very smart people have made very conspicuous fools of themselves lately by not recognizing a truth expressed with such lapidary economy by Benedict XVI in his marvelous book, Jesus of Nazareth: The highest truths cannot be forced … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Science of Facts & The Epistemology of Truth

A Remedy for Sentimentality

  A decade ago Elizabeth Bailie, Gil Bailie’s wife, was called from this life to the next. Her passing has left those who know her with both a sense of loss and tremendous gratitude for the gift of her life. … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on A Remedy for Sentimentality

Winners & Losers…

“There is a secret gnawing certainty that tells us that in success there is always a residue of impurity, in victory always a residue of coarseness … that there is and can be complete purity only in misfortune, and that … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Winners & Losers…

Destiny…Man’s and God’s Kingdom

Where others saw only superficial politics, Bernanos saw man’s eternal destiny and, indeed, the destiny of God’s Kingdom at stake. Just as an individual sins, plunges into the abyss, undergoes conversion, and confesses his wrongdoing, so too a country in … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Destiny…Man’s and God’s Kingdom