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Answering Your Call by John Schuster

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What Is a Call? 1

THINK OF THE WORLD YOU CARRY WITHIN YOU.… BE ATTENTIVE TO THAT WHICH RISES UP IN YOU AND SET IT ABOVE EVERYTHING THAT YOU OBSERVE ABOUT YOU. WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR INNERMOST BEING IS WORTHY OF YOUR WHOLE LOVE; YOU MUST SOMEHOW KEEP WORKING AT IT.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet

CALLS CREATE SPECIFIC and lasting effects, and they reveal themselves in many different ways. Before we explore their consequences or revelations, however, let’s put the first question first: What is a call?

If we can address this question well we will have a beginning. The other questions asked in this opening chapter also belong near the beginning:

  • What do calls do?
  • What does it mean to respond to a call?
  • When do calls happen?

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