The lifestyle and demands of each particular vocation is very different but there are some similarities between them. Dorothy L. Your vocation is not the same as your career or profession. Leland Ryken points out that, because of the Fall, “many of the tasks we perform in a fallen world are inherently distasteful and wearisome.” 8 Through the Fall, work has become toil, but John Paul II says that work is a good thing for man in spite of this toil, and “perhaps, in a sense, because of it” because work is something that corresponds to man’s dignity and through it he achieves fulfilment as a human being. 9 The Fall also means that a work ethic is needed. College is often a time when this synthesis of discerning faith and a lifers work begins in earnest. Paul does not intend to indicate any particular profession as a gift of God, but he makes use of a general expression to imply that the unequal dispensation of graces explains the diversity of objects offered for our choice like the diversity of virtues. careerA vocation is the work that someone is called to do as a job. The vocation of a doctor or nurse might be healer. The vocation of a dietician might be nourisher. AC Associate Professor of Music Debra Brubaker 79, in a Jan. 23, 2002, chapel service about her faith journey, spoke of her battle with cancer that helped her to see her life and faith and music in new ways. In Holy Scripture we read those general counsels of self-denial which all Christians are called upon to follow during their lives, while they are the object of a more complete application in a state which for that very reason may be called a state of perfection. Their job is their calling, or vocation.
Like Trumps supporters, we, too, have often been trapped by our persecution complexes, seeing anti-Semitism everywhere, believing the whole world stands against us and persecuting an even weaker people, without a state of their own, somehow imagining them in the image of our persecutors, casting them, somehow, as the stronger ones. Alas, often the Jewish state is not so different from what Trumps would be, particularly in the past few years, as ugly racism has become mainstreamed in Israeli society, as Islamophobic rhetoric insists that they are unlike us, and as permanent occupation has become government policy. Like Trumps supporters, many Jews also transmute insecurity into anger, with disastrous results. Sometimes, persecution leads not to forming solidarity with the oppressed, but to bullying them. As polls increasingly favor Hillary Clinton, I find myself less concerned with Trump the candidate than with the movement he has crystallized around him. Trump is not different in kind from past populist demagogues , but he is different in degree. Never in recent memory has such a mean, nativist message attracted the support of a hundred million Americans. Never before has it been egged on by such a large, right-wing media machine, led by Fox News. And never before were its adherents armed to the teeth. None of that goes away on November 9, even if Trump loses.
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