Frail people that we are

Originally posted at the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture. I still remember feeling really sick. So I decided to call off my trip for the week, and just get in bed—with “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens. While I was feeling horrible, there was a pleasure in entering into the imaginative world of Dickens [Read More...]

Repairing the world

Originally published at the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture. Tikkun olam. There were times this week I felt like I was walking through the day trying to repair the world. One morning I put on worn-out jeans and painted in my son David’s house in Anacostia. After some years of dreaming and working [Read More...]

All of learning. All of labor. All of life.

“Es como el sagrado sacramento!” At the turn of the 18th-century, Gabriel Moraga led the first expedition across the hills from what we now call the San Francisco Bay area into the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley. Seeing the bright blue sky, the flower-filled meadows, the high mountains to the east, and the [Read More...]

Caritas and the common good

Originally published at the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture. “What is the common good? “We could, with meaning and richness and depth, ask: what is caritas? But to answer that question, we have to come back into the very reason for being of a university like Cal, and of its origins in Bishop Berkeley musings [Read More...]

Merry Michelmas (or, what do angels have to do with work?)

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Laura Merzig Fabrycky at the Washington Institute blog, Missio. As one of the defining features of Missio,the editors of and contributors to this blog have sought to be mindful of the rhythms of the church calendar while writing about vocation. This has not always been an easy task, nor at first glance an altogether intuitive one, but the discipline has proven to [Read More...]

Assuming coherence

Conceptual congruity. Recently I spent a couple hours in a Google Hangout with several people in Chicago, taking part in a dissertation proposal meeting, hoping on hope that one day a PhD will be granted for the completion of good work well done. I was asked to participate because the student has drawn on ideas [Read More...]

A worldview. A mentor. A community.

Originally posted in August 2014.  I still remember the day when I first saw that there were identifiable habits of heart that marked people who kept at it, who over time sustained their deepest convictions about life and the world as they lived in the world. Over several years I had been listening to people [Read More...]

Come and see

“Come and see!” It seems that all week I have been thinking about those words. For a few days I heard them from my granddaughter Magdalena, her three-year old self eager to have the adults in her little world “come and see” what she was doing. One morning she and I spent an hour or [Read More...]


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