The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral
You lack a moral vocabulary. It is easy to slip into a self-satisfied moral mediocrity.
But all the people I’ve ever deeply admired are profoundly honest about their own weaknesses. They have identified their core sin
In the realm of the intellect, a person of character has achieved a settled philosophy about fundamental things. In the realm of emotion, she is embedded in a web of unconditional loves. In the realm of action, she is committed to tasks that can’t be completed in a single lifetime.
re: Dorothy Day: She made unshakable commitments in all directions. She became a Catholic, started a radical newspaper, opened settlement houses for the poor and lived among the poor, embracing shared poverty as a way to build community
All that matters is living up to the standard of excellence inherent in their craft.
But people on the road to inner light do not find their vocations by asking, what do I want from life? They ask, what is life asking of me? How can I match my intrinsic talent with one of the world’s deep needs?
The people on this road see the moments of suffering as pieces of a larger narrative. […] They see life as a moral drama and feel fulfilled only when they are enmeshed in a struggle on behalf of some ideal.