Poetry that bids us welcome

How is it that the poems of a 17th-century aristocrat still resonate with us?


Death's call and our response

Even in the secular imagination, dying has become a vocation.


Too good for this world

A review of Larissa MacFarquhar

If your mother is drowning in one location and two strangers in another, should you save your mother or the two strangers?


The Finest Traditions of My Calling, by Abraham M. Nussbaum

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

A review of David Brooks

Cultivating character is the lifelong work of evaluating and choosing between various virtues. It's difficult, and it’s our calling.


Do No Harm, by Henry Marsh

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.


Calling and Clarity, by Doug Koskela

The feast  of resources on discipleship, faith and work, and theologies of vocation continues to grow. Doug Koskela provides another serving, this one intended for young adults.