Self-realization is possible only in relation to a reality beyond the self.
Ministry today requires multiple strategies and layered identities.
Life's later decades present distinctive virtues—and vices.
How is it that the poems of a 17th-century aristocrat still resonate with us?
Even in the secular imagination, dying has become a vocation.
If your mother is drowning in one location and two strangers in another, should you save your mother or the two strangers?
Nussbaum, a psychiatrist who labels himself a “bad Catholic,” delves with religious fervor into the mystery of his calling to serve people who suffer. Guided by mentors like Basil of Caesarea, Hildegard of Bingen, and Stanley Hauerwas, he envisions medical care as a precious craft honed by the development of virtue.
Cultivating character is the lifelong work of evaluating and choosing between various virtues. It's difficult, and it’s our calling.
Reading about Henry Marsh’s vocation to neurosurgery, I thought about my own calling as a minister. I was startled by his depiction of detachment from patients.
Are the rest of us so different from our brothers and sisters in Libya or in Charleston? Are they heroes with whom we can never identify?