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It’s taken me six decades to glimpse the purpose of my being in this body, under these circumstances, with these talents, this temperament, in this life. That purpose is slowly revealing itself and differs profoundly from anything I could have imagined. In light of my scepticism and occasional arrogance, I’m amazed how deeply I trust that which is unfolding before me. 

glimpseWhat is calling you?

Thus, the state of our whole life is estrangement from others and ourselves, because we are estranged from the Ground of our being, because we are estranged from the origin and aim of our life. And we do not know where we have come from, or where we are going. We are separated from the mystery, the depth, and the greatness of our existence.

We hear the voice of that depth: but our ears are closed. We feel that something radical, total, and unconditional is demanded of us: but we rebel against it, try to escape its urgency, or will not accept its promise.

source: Tillich, Paul. (1999). “You are accepted” in The essential Tillich. Edited by F.F. Church. University of Chicago Press, p. 199. image:


4 responses »

  1. That is the Big question…

  2. A true profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is the life, the identity and the reason you get out of bed in the morning. The passion and intensity you bring to your work: that is what becomes spiritual in calling.”

    • hey N: after years of monastic training, [Christian] monks ‘make profession’ by vowing to live the rest of their lives according to certain rules regarding chastity, poverty, and obendience.


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