Or perhaps, if I am a contrarian by nature, I could urge you not to follow your passion. Instead, concentrate on getting a stable, well paying job. Passion is for the weekends. This, however, is not the sort of passion I have in mind. I found myself thinking about two passages. These two passages speak of the defining passion of our lives. One is a passage from Kierkegaard of course. One is a passage from Augustine. The first passage, the Kierkegaard passage, comes from the Concluding Unscientific Postscript.
You and I spent a year looking at Concluding Unscientific Postscript together. You will remember that Kierkegaard deliberately writes this work in a way that is challenging to understand. Every now and then, however, he makes a summary, clarifying statement that captures the essence of what he is talking about—a statement that truly captures what Kierkegaard himself actually believes. I think this is one such clarifying statement, where he tells us what it means to be a Christian:.
Even though Christianity talks about God and creation and the flow of history, it relates those things to us as persons. Christianity confronts us with issues of the spirit, what it means to be a human being. The focus is not on the externals of human existence. The focus is on what we are inside: what we believe, what we want, what we choose to do. Let me try to make it clear. Suppose that God were to provide me with a massive amount of objective evidence that Christianity is true.
The evidence is overwhelming. Jesus rose from the dead. There were video cameras at the grave. All the evidence proves that Christianity is objectively true. No amount of objective evidence is powerful enough to determine my subjective choice.
To be a Christian means to make the personal, subjective choice to believe. Being a Christian is all about what you want, what you desire, what you are willing to choose. But it is about an infinite passion.
It was amazing to see how everyone here pulled together during that time to provide excellent patient care. I felt privileged for the opportunity to serve in that capacity. Texas Children's Hospital has made such a difference in so many lives, including my own, and I am so proud to be a part of this family. After weeks of searching for a sign that she was ready for a major life change, Jennifer Neidinger, Manager of Ambulatory Clinics, got one.
Or more accurately, she saw one at the Texas Medical Center campus. She knew that was it. Support on her weight loss journey started at the organization level, but quickly grew to her co-workers and the Texas Children's community as a whole. In the weeks and months that followed, Jennifer was never alone — routinely getting messages and notes of inspiration from those closest to her and even some employees she had never met.
Ultimately, her transformation was more than her weight loss, as she now takes every opportunity she can to reach out and help someone, even if it's just as simple as an unexpected smile to brighten someone's day.
Our compassion starts with an individual spark and ignites in unison. We depend on our team having arm-in-arm devotion to a mission bigger than any one of us.
Up and down, side to side, outward and inward, we move collectively to share in all we do. As individuals, we're among the brightest, but as a team, we illuminate unimagined possibilities for ourselves, our patients, and health care as a whole. We are unified, inspirational, and inviting. I was already overjoyed by the special treatment, when one of the 5-year-old neurology patients stood up, walked over, and began to sing "Happy Birthday" to me. It brought tears to my eyes to experience such thoughtfulness and courage from this little girl.
Despite her illness and reasons for having to be in clinic that day, she was determined to make mine special. This little moment in my day always reminds me why I wake up and come to work every morning. The children are so special, working at this hospital is special, and the memories I form here are beyond the most special! In the three years since we opened the doors, we have treated more than , patients. Our main goal has always been to provide convenient access to high quality care in the community.
In one of the fastest growing pediatric populations, this is now a reality. There are currently more than passionate, hard-working team members who care for our patients each day. Our team of nurses, child life specialists, x-ray technicians and renowned physicians are specially trained to diagnose, treat and care for children. When those children walk into our hospital, they often comment that it does not feel like a hospital.
And this is exactly what we were striving for when we designed the space. We have proven that since All rights reserved. No portion of this work may be copied without the express written consent of Texas Children's Hospital. We open our doors in Three-year-old Lamaina Leigh Van Wagner is our first patient, referred by her pediatrician for treatment of a kidney disorder. Abercrombie, our first major benefactors, with grandson Jamie Robinson. David, the Bubble Boy, born in with an immune deficiency, is placed in a specially designed bubble where he plays, sleeps, eats and attends school.
Our study of his condition leads to significant contributions in the understanding of immune system disorders. Marvin Fishman and Associate Professor Dr. Huda Zoghbi in her lab. Ralph Feigin and Dr. William Shearer interact with a young patient.
Wallace, Dr. James Hoyle and Dr. Ralph Feigin celebrate our expansion of the Abercrombie building original hospital and the addition of a new outpatient facility, the Clinical Care Center, and a new emergency and inpatient facility, West Tower. Sara Remington visits with Dr. John Okereke, a member of the transplant team, and Dr. In , Sara was the first infant in the world and our youngest patient eight months ever to receive a heart transplant.
Gene Macey, who volunteered at the hospital for over 26 years and logged over 30, hours, brightens a patient's day. Charles D. Fraser Jr. Wallace and Dr. Ralph Feigin view the topping out of the expanded West Tower while standing in front of the Feigin Center, which was renamed in to honor our physician-in chief and his commitment to pediatric research. Our first lung transplant recipient, Shari Melon, visits with her care team led by Dr. George Mallory.
Thank you Heather Lenz! We were so fortunate to see the AGO show. How is this possible after studying fine art for years??!! Anyways, thank goodness for the work you guys are doing!! Was propelled by this interview to go rent the movie — I so appreciate how you put her story into the context of the art scene around her at the time — her whole life trying to be just heard — Well hear her roar now!
So stylish. A nyway, I am not interested in that argument just at the moment; it would take too long and would prove inconclusive. It is simply part of the intellectual burden of modernity, now that every concept of final and formal causes has been explicitly abandoned, that persons of a rationalist bent have to try to see everything including, impossibly enough, existence itself as the effect of blind material or physical causes, even if that means taking a shockingly great number of counterintuitive assertions purely on faith.
What does interest me, however, is the irreducible enigma of a passion that is not only a possibility of human nature, but one of its most universal and compelling motives, and yet also one that is so difficult to account for in terms of the narrow economies of material causes. David Bentley Hart is a contributing editor of First Things.
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UK customers only. Qualifying bet is the first bet added to the betslip. Totewin will be the qualifying bet when a Totewin and a Toteplace bet are struck at the same time. E-wallet deposit restrictions apply.And finally, Kierkegaard fills out this concept of passion: it is “at its maximum an infinite, personally interested passion for one’s eternal happiness.” Christianity is about passion, about what you want. But it is about an infinite passion. That is, it is an unending passion, a desire that never runs out.