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Gregory Borse

Joined: Nov. 15, 2011

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A life long Catholic, Gregory is an assistant professor of English literature and philosophy and also teaches literary theory and film.  He is married and he and his bride, who is the talented and gifted coordinator for her school, devote most of their time raising their five beautiful children.


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The Perfection of Virtues

Apr. 8 at 5:05pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Apr. 8 at 11:38pm

Remember too, on this day of Resurrection: You take His Body into yours as your saving grace; as the only food that will sustain you in this veil of tears. But you take His Body into yours not merely so He is in you--but also that you are in Him; so that when he rises, you are raised with Him. A blessed Easter, all!

On the Paradox of Vice

Apr. 6 at 12:19am | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment: Apr. 8 at 1:11am

A distinction: the suffering that results from the practice of vice is a pleasure. That is why it is so dangerous. It is literally the embodiment of "too much of a good thing." The suffering that results from the practice of virtue is painful--but painful in the way that the serious training an athlete undergoes to perfect himself for competition: it alone leads to victory in the end. A further distinction: every vice is the perversion of a virtue--so take...

And Martha Must Wait

Mar. 5 at 12:47am | Comments: 0

Euryclea clap't her handsBut refrained from remarking upon the scar.And Homer, honoring the goodly nursemaid's restraint,Tells instead of boar and spear:A boy's being blooded to become a man.Who would blindly chase his fate and lose his wayFor twenty long years, return, a beggar's footFallen into a basin, even as his beloved TelemachusWas soothed by the fiat of a redeemed Helen of Troy?How could she then, who'd suckled the boy,Stay her very own lips...

The Personhood of Human Humans

Mar. 1 at 1:37am | Comments: 5 | Most recent comment: Mar. 1 at 1:43pm

So. The gauntlet has finally been thrown down.  Human beings, as a categorical, have been determined:  they are what we say they are when we say they are and not until after the fact.  An article has been published, out of Oxford University, that argues that "after-birth Abortions" ought to be acceptable on the grounds that pre-birth abortions are acceptable because human children are not "human" on the grounds that they can make no "moral" claim upon...

The Bishop and the Baby

Feb. 11 at 10:12pm | Comments: 14 | Most recent comment: Feb. 14 at 11:36am

Here's my question to the Bishops, who made a full throated defense against the Administration's effort to infringe upon the rights of Churches to teach and live their creeds--and to protect their institutional sister-institutions to be free of governmental infringement. What about me, your Eminences? I work for a secular institution that will enact the Administration's mandate requiring that my premiums pay for other people's contraceptions, sterilizations, and abortions.  So what if the Administration has said that insurers will...


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Re: New Novel

Apr. 11 at 11:05pm | see this comment in context

Kate--you should start a thread in which converts and cradle Catholics might share their true conversion stories!  I think it would bring some light into a reality that is too often these days veiled . . . .Perhaps a thread that suggests a way to tell the story that connects it to personalism . . . Just a thought.  Richard--thank you for sharing.  I'm a cradle Catholic, myself, but if I ever write my memoir, its sub-title will be "The Conversion of a Non-Convert."  God Bless!

Re: On the Paradox of Vice

Apr. 8 at 1:11am | see this comment in context

 My real meaning is that the greatest danger to the faithful is taking pleasure in their own triumphs.  Take care.  Do not fall in becoming complacent in your own virtue.  Vice has the advantage of advertising itself as against the good but in being a pursuit of the good.  The virtuous fall is much more devious--because it entices us toward the good through pain and then seduces us through our own pride in achieving our goal.  It's the Faustian Knot:  My virture is equal to any vice. 

 

Re: On the Paradox of Vice

Apr. 6 at 12:49pm | see this comment in context

I'm been teaching the Divine Comedy of late and noted in class that the 7 deadly sins are each a privation or distortion of some good:  Hence, their danger lies in loving:  the wrong object, too much, or too little.  Dante divides purgatory, for instance, into three parts that correspond to these privations of the good.  So, I reason, since man is made in the image and likeness of God, his animating principle must be love.  That being the case, vice must be the disproportionate (i.e., unjust) exercise of love and so a "pleasure" that we pursue to our ruin.

Re: The Selfhood of Mary

Apr. 6 at 12:42am | see this comment in context

No tools, please! No human being is or ever was a "tool" for God. It's the wrong description. Let's lose it. Mary's participation in the procreative and the redemptive act is a perfect analogy for what is possible for the human being who is called by God's grace to answer to his/her own calling. Yes—she resides outside of the fallen history that the the rest of us occupy—but, she's wholly human just like Eve—who occupies another space outside that history and makes a different choice. I understand that she was born without the stain of original sin—but so was Eve. So, it's a corollary. She is not equal to Christ—but she answers the "second" request (compliment and fruition of the New Covenant) which is idendical to the first request. But where Eve said "No" (as did Adam), Mary said "Yes." Of her own free will.

Re: Two Thoughts on "One Flesh"

Apr. 4 at 8:25pm | see this comment in context

Thanks, Richard.  Your posts were very thoughtful.  I'll be back!

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