Monday 6 January 2014

Choice vs Call

In an interesting book with the title Awakening Vocation, Edward Hahnenberg makes a sharp observation: our "contemporary cultural default", he says, is CHOICE. He suggests instead that CALL offers a more constructive alternative. Choice presupposes, in the ultimate analysis, the autonomous individual. Call, instead, presupposes a person - or perhaps persons in community - before Someone who Calls.

Given that we are all by now somehow enveloped or even overwhelmed by the culture of the West, it is likely that our cultural default - meaning the spontaneous way we think, and perhaps our ultimate category, or one of them at least - is indeed Choice. And that holds also for consecrated persons whose basic life choice is in fact a response to a Call. Or at the very least, it plays interference. Sometimes large scale.

I think Hahnenberg has touched an important chord.  He is calling us to reimagine our lives as lived before God. 

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