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    Vocation and occasion


    Can anybody explain to me in what sense the words occasion and vocation are used in the text?

    ‘Pain,’ came his own words later, from the pulpit, ‘is the one great reality . . . the measure in which we willingly submit to it, nay actually pursue it, is the measure of our nobility, our worth and fitness in the sight of God. We may be spared a direct call to the supremest suffering, but we should not construe that as a dispensation, a permission to indulge and spare ourselves, to let ourselves off too lightly. What God may spare us let us, for our souls’ profit, seek of our free choice . . . Accepting pain’s vocation, even, if need be, contriving, clasping, its occasion, let us . . . in emulation of those holy martyrs who . . .’ The noise of his voice went on—but as if distantly or at some curious remove. It was as though he were listening to
    someone else, and able to catch only snatches here and there.

    John Metcalfe, The Firing-chamber, 193?

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    Re: Vocation and occasion

    Let us accept that pain has a job(duty), even if we struggle to accept its reason for existence.....
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