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One’s Proper End

posted by xscot mcknight

The End, in its technical sense, for which one lives shapes one’s entire life. If one’s End is the Final Judgment, one will become holy. If one’s End is the needs of others, one will become compassionate. Bunyan, Edwards, even Dante, had the Final Judgment as their End. Henri Nouwen, Jean Vanier, and Jim Wallis focus on the needs of others. Is anything more formative for life than one’s End, and is anything more difficult to find than a life that maintains a proper balance? What are other Ends which shape us?



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Rob M

posted April 6, 2005 at 12:07 pm


A very timely post, with several significant “endings” recently (Terry Schiavo, Pope John Paul). Also, as “ends” determine purpose, this would again seem to be something on many people’s minds. Might another end be the glory of God?



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