The priest faces inward, toward liturgy and the sacraments. The layperson faces outward, toward everything else—everything.
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.
We all live with many callings in life, and the greatest is not to be a pastor—much less to be in the right job at a particular congregation.