Excerpts from Learning in Wartime, by C. S. Lewis, woven throughout post.
In my last post I argued that so long as Christiansâ€™ talk about â€œfinding oneâ€™s callingâ€ is held captive by the modern American idea that self-realization only happens by way of unfettered, individual self-expression, our talk of vocation will be far-removed from Christâ€™s call to live lives of self-sacrificial love. This way of thinking about vocation is inherently self-absorbed and will, more often than not, be blind to our social responsibilities before a hurting world. Instead, I argued that we can better think about vocation by taking seriously both Dietrich Bonhoefferâ€™s claim that we find our vocation within the parameters of our concrete responsibilities to God and neighbor, and Saint Augustineâ€™s famous dictum, â€œLove, and do what thou wilt.â€ These two dicta, I argued, help us to see how Christâ€™s call to self-sacrificial love constitutes both the burning center and the outer limit of our vocations. [Read more…] about Vocatio Christ: The Contours of Our Callings Part 2 (Scholar’s Compass)