Author: Herbie Borek

Death Scenes and the Art of Morality Storytelling

A death scene, if done well, shows how the person involved reacts to their own mortality. There is something deeply moving about good, well-written death scenes in a movie, book, or television show. It is something that I have always been fascinated by, even when I was a child and my understanding of death was limited. When I wrote my first story when I was nine years old, all of the main characters in the story died at some point. Someone could write this off as simply the typical childish sadism that everyone usually experiences at one point or...

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Political Theory for Catholics, Part A: Subsidiarity

Subsidiarity is the principle that responsibility for decisions ought to rest at the lowest rung of the organizational ladder.  When possible, individuals ought to make their own decisions.  When necessary, heads of households must decide.  When households must make joint decisions, perhaps a village counsel or other small group or a mayor must assume responsibility.  According to this principle, the national, continental or world government should assume only those responsibilities that absolutely cannot be assumed by a lower level of organization. Along with its corollary Solidarity (to be discussed in a future article) it was developed as part of...

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Selfless Work: What Are the Corporal Works of Mercy?

With Advent arriving in just a matter of weeks, it is important that we, as a people of faith, reflect on the areas where we need to improve. For many people I know, that means looking for more opportunities to give of their time and energy.  The Church provides many opportunities for us to grow in our faith, and among the most powerful things we can do during a season of preparation is to engage in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Mercy is a virtue that influences our behavior.  It can assist us in understanding and assisting...

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Sign of Peace: A Show of Peace and Goodwill During Mass

Civilized society is based on one primary idea: that people can get along with each other with relative success. That is not to say that disagreements and feuds do not happen, but there are polite and decent ways of getting around them. As I understand it, that is partly the reason for the Sign of Peace during Mass. It was a show of peace and goodwill towards one’s neighbor before we go up to receive the Body of Christ, our savior so that we are in the right mindset of receiving Him. The intention behind the Sign of Peace...

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