"Sounds very Aristotelian, and Thomist. I don't know what to contribute further. But we are for (among other things) pursuing good and learning truth. It's pretty exciting when you can succeed at some of that!"
"I haven't posted here or really followed the site in a long time, but this caught my eye. There's some good thinking about this in the book (recently in paperback) Shop Class as Soulcraft, by Matthew B. Crawford."
Having started a similar discussion in the Catholic Men section, I found quickly that my musings were perhaps more appropriate for this board. And so...Especially with reference to the most recent AoM article on vocation (Finding Your Calling Part III: Why Pursue a Vocation?) and the idea of self-fulfillment as the motivation for finding one's vocation I would like to propose the following:The idea of vocation is best understood in the context of a sense of "telos," (Gk for "final end") as it…See More
"The most recent posting on Vocation illustrates precisely a huge point of departure for the Catholic when talking to the atheist about vocation. The thesis being presented in "Finding Your Calling Part III: Why Pursue a Vocation?" is that…"
""That doesn't address why NFP is OK for serious reason but condoms aren't"
Ok so maybe this could help a bit. The Church teaches that the sexual relationship between man and has two meanings: the unitive and the procreative.…"
"Yes I see what you mean but there is a difference between vocation and duty. As far as being the best student you can be or the best engineer you can be - that's all fine, but that's not a perduring vocation in the religious sense. One day…"
"Interesting that you should mention the Protestant idea of vocation, because to me it seems as if a Protestant minister is somewhere between these. He might say "I am a minister" the way that my father says "I am a business…"
"I'd say there are two different definitions of "vocation", one concerned with one's faith, and one concerned with one's temporal livelihood.
A Catholic's religious vocation is the answer to God's call. The call to…"
"And just to add, i figure some people may argue that being a student (best friend, etc.) is not a vocation. But it can be. I am putting all of my efforts into being a student. how is that different than a priest putting his efforts into being a…"
"In the wonderful 21st century, groups like this I feel help bring thoughts, ideas, and opinions together that would not have been brought together even 15 years ago. So even having this discussion is a step in the right direction to "present…"
I've been interested in the recent posting on AoM about the idea of "vocation." Obviously the Catholic Church has a little bit different idea about vocation than what's been posted here, but nonetheless I think that they have been pretty good articles. What do you guys think can be added to the main discussion though, by importing a notion of vocation more along the lines of the Catholic way of thinking. I see three main areas of difference between what the Church means by vocation and what…See More
"I have a bit of a bone to pick with West on this one though, because allowing Grandma to die eventually is a little different from NFP. Using NFP involves avoiding (albeit through temporary abstinence which is, in itself, a type of inaction) one of…"
"I would say "True Devotion to Mary" by St. Louis Marie de Monfort because it lays out a very simple way to go to Jesus through Mary which nonetheless takes a lifetime to master. Similarly with "Imitation of Christ": it's…"
"I'm no expert in the technicalities of Marixst revolutionary principles. What you say here may very well be true. Lenin was certainly of the opinion that the first stage wass a violent revolution, followed by the dictatorship of the…"
"I may have some research to do. I'm a former Wiccan/Pagan so I know something abour the perverse nature of taking something from the church and turning it into something disgusting. Whether or not Masonry does this...I'm unsure. And…"
Bible; Breviary; Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas; Pope Benedict/Joseph Ratzinger (Regensburg lecture!!); Cornelio Fabro; most Southern Gothic Literature (esp. Flannery O'Connor); Wendell Berry (esp. the Unsettling of America);
The Passion of Joan of Arc, by Carl Dreyer; Into Great Silence by Philip Groening; Fellini; Godard; Bergman; Zeffirelli; Cohen Bros.; Wes Anderson; Bill Murray; Sean Penn (Into the Wild!)
Baroque. Baroque. Baroque: Handel, Purcell, Bach, Monteverdi (especially Baroque operas); also, Gregorian Chant; Tomas Luis de Victoria; mewithoutYou; House-style techno; some electro-pop (Calvin Harris, Freezepop);
Ecce ancilla Domini. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.
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Hi there Billy. Welcome to AoM. Also, thought I'd give you a friendly invite to check out my group, The Great Debate. Just click on "Groups." It's the one with the colorful galaxy picture. It's also one of the most active groups on AoM. In any case, great to have you aboard.
"Hey, Spencer...I've got a word picture for you. Imagine you want to take a trip to a town in a distant state, but you decide not to drive. No airports are close by, so you're left with two options: go by Amtrack (the passenger…"
"Actually, it's true that your face is round, but it's fairly small and your forehead is huge. It's just the way you're proportioned. Consequently, a forward swept style might be more flattering, because it would…"