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The Applicant Series #24: Theology of Vocation

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Applicant’s Results: Failed

Title: Theology of Vocation

Comments: The work is generally commendable, but ultimately, did not pass the applicant due to numerous grammatical errors which we see it as a lack of meticulousness.

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Though he doubted and hesitated, Tim did what he had to do. Driven only by faith, he slowly walked into a dark closet with little air for breath and no space for noise. Eyes were closed despite the
uncertainty. Fists were clenched to propel him towards a past event. Glimpses of his memories flashed before he opened his eyes. Surprised that it actually worked, Tim pushed the closet doors
open to see himself wearing the same clothes he had in the New Year’s Eve party the other night. ‘Wow’ was the only word he could utter. Then and there, he finally believed: they could time travel.
Tim had the option to change every mistake he made and relive every moment he had. The ability of time travel helped him obtain love. Moreover, his power allowed for a mythic vision which
allowed dwelling in order to find his own calling. He dreamt a dream greater than himself. O’Collins discusses that “We can expect the world and our experiences to make sense, provided We do not insist on a simple and immediate sense.”

In order to understand our world or our lives better, we need more than just our 5 senses, we need a mythic vision. The mythic aspect charges our life with meaning. Reality then becomes graceful when we believe we are called towards an eternal horizon of meaning and value. 2 In the context of the movie About time , Tim, during the final act of the film, experienced moments in his life twice; the first time with all the tensions and worries that stopped us from noticing how sweet the world can be, but the second time… noticing. 3 There had been a realization that life must be greater than a flawed initial perception. This opened his imagination beyond the created reality and allowed him to glimpse the deeper reality and deeper
goodness of whole creation.

This vision pushes us toward a life that takes to us the sense of eternals where we hope to transcend ourselves. We become more drawn to a life that is bigger and beyond ourselves. This
vision helps us see a greater value in everything. God created everything before us as an aid in sustaining our lives. It affirms that we are loved by Him and that we have an even greater value than
we will ever see. Knowing this worth opens up for a greater vision: “to be able to see behind and to see ahead, even though it is only to become conscious of the unknown behind and the unknown
ahead, to situate ourselves between two unknowns.”

The unknowns we see behind and ahead are the keys so we could find our holiness. Holiness here means that “it is an ongoing process of finding our place in the whole world; our wholeness set
apart – that which will make us whole.” 6 By being holy, we are uniquely set apart from others and through this, we are uniquely set apart for God. Zaborowski argues that the goal is to dwell, to have a home, more than having (or renting) four walls. Veiling further expounds on this idea by saying that we must “make” a world in which we can poetically dwell because poetry makes the world appear differently. 8 But this is harder for us because God had not set a specific dwelling for the humans unlike the other creations


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