VocationOn Daily Work

Menial Work Matters

| 9 min read

“Excuse me. Could you spare some change so I can make a phone call?” Those were the first words Marc ever said to me. I heard them as I was walking out of McDonald’s in 2007 while I was in seminary in St. Louis. They came from a disheveled but very polite and articulate black...

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To Keep on Keeping on

| 5 min read

To keep on keeping on. I first remember seeing those words in a “head shop” in Berkeley in the glory days of the counterculture, and they have run through my heart ever since. Mostly playful at the time, with perhaps a little hippie hope built into the graphic of a cartoonish character making his way...

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VocationVisions of Vocation

Clowns of God

| 3 min read

Like many, many others, I have long loved the work of children’s author and illustrator Tomie De Paola, and particularly how he includes insights into his Italian heritage and his vibrant Catholic faith through simple story-telling. A Mormon friend introduced me to his book The Clown of God, which ably introduces the concept of vocation...

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