The irony in my giving this talk in that place, under these circumstances... reaches my heart with a deep and absurd smile. I grieve it, yes. But God's plans are always better than mine.
is transformed into something much more important, something vital to the life of the world, when the people who share the table are engaging in the practices of love and of thinking.
"...while you may isolate at home for a while, Thou belongs to Me, and I to Thou. And this is no longer a trial."
We have learned ourselves out of covenant relationships, and this is the core of learned loneliness. Covenants seem archaic because so many are not willing to say: I will do my part, even if, for a time, you aren't doing your part.
It does not take courage to be authentically yourself; it takes humility.
The non-violent, but argumentative, ideal of liberal education is not the suddenly arrived-at point of a nonpolarized liberal society. Instead, the purpose of liberal education is the iterative practice of a non-violent but argumentative society.
Imagine you are waiting at a train station. You are waiting to try to get on the train of thought that leads to the destination of effective freedom and the path of virtuous moral development.
"Instead of being framed by accounting practices, a company's vision has to inform its accounting practices."
"...a job is a way of fulfilling a vocation, and particular jobs - if we are reflectively learning through them, may generate an evolution in our vocation. A key to making this important point real is being aware of God working in you through a particular job."
Whether it is Bible reading or living in a home, we metaphorically translate what is foreign into familiarity and move what is to what ought to be. That is, overcoming otherness is bringing our uniqueness to a situation not originally intended to accept it, and then translating and transforming the situation so the uniqueness can feel at home.