Duty: The Firebolt — With Father Jim Martin (Book 3, Chapter 11)

Vanessa opens this week's episode with a story about when she was a spiritual care chaplain intern and prayed with a dying, devoutly Christian woman. For Vanessa, an atheist, the idea of praying made her squeamish. But, because this woman was dying, because it was her job, because it was her duty, Vanessa prayed. 

In order to be accredited, hospitals must have chaplains on staff. According to the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations: "Patients have a fundamental right to considerate care that safeguards their personal dignity and respects their cultural, psychosocial, and spiritual values." 

In her story, Vanessa explores the idea that duty gives us clarity of purpose and aligns with our values.

There are moments where duty is just a good pair of boots you can step into, in order to do a job well.
— Vanessa

In this chapter they also discuss Hermione's decision to tell on Harry about the Firebolt, and that Harry feels a sense of duty to avenge the death of his parents. 

It feels like your love is at stake; if you don’t [avenge someone], it says you didn’t love the person but that can’t be right.
— Casper

You can also listen to this week's chapter to get a sense of how awesome Vanessa and Casper think that a blood battle between Sybill and Minerva would be. (Who would YOU bet on?) 

This week we practice Sacred Imagination in Hagrid's Hut after learning from the amazing man himself (no, not Ignatius, but Reverend Jim Martin) a Jesuit priest and author of such books as "The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything" and "My Life With the Saints". He has met Stephen Colbert, who is tied with Rev. Martin as the best Catholic alive, so that's awesome.

This week's episode is sponsored by Verizon Go90. Next week we are reading Chapter 12, "The Patronus" through the theme of optimism. Our voicemail this week is thanks to Sophia Charan.