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Living by faith is something a Christian does largely at his profession or occupation, work which as a rule has primarily and directly to do with visible, transitory earthly reality but which takes up the greater part of a man’s time and attention and leaves its mark on all he thinks and does.

1. But vocation or calling, synonyms for profession, refer us to the religious sphere. They originally meant a special divine election to the clerical state. But the German mystics, notably Tauler, also used those words for secular duties and one’s place in …

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Walter Kerber, “Profession”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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