We gave our readers a one-word writing prompt: “call.”
On the good days, this is the best job in the world. Yet, as I wedge my foot into my heels, I must recognize the difficulties of our vocation.
Alice McDermott ponders a mystery: How is it that women hear the calling and find the strength to love and support their neighbors?
Patrick B. Reyes reflects on the soils that have sustained him—and those that have poisoned him.
“You’ve talked about a lot of things,” says your refiner’s fire. “Which is the one that really matters?”
Anesthesiologist Ronald W. Dworkin reminds me that going to the doctor isn’t the same as sharing a cocktail with a friend.
A new biography reveals the poet’s devotion to his vocation. It also reveals his loneliness.
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.