Marginalia, no.331

Everybody has his calling, some to plow, some to hoe, and I have mine, which is to blaspheme.

~ Domenico Scandella (1532-1599), under trial by the Inquisition

It’s hard to believe in personal vocations. There are a few persons who seem fated to a particular occupation, but most of us have no real calling. Or if we have a calling, it has nothing to do with how we earn our bread. It’s calling enough, I think, to love those we’re given to love, to try to be good, to keep wondering at things.


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