Heeding the Call

“Science is about explanation. Religion is about meaning. To find meaning in life, as Viktor Frankl discovered in Auschwitz, is to hear a call. ‘In the last resort, man should not ask, “What is the meaning of my life?” but should realise that he himself is being questioned.’ God is calling each of us to a task – asking each of us as He asked the first humans, ‘Where are you?’ – but to hear the call we have to learn to listen. We can never be sure that we heard correctly. We can never know that it really was the voice of God, which is why humility not arrogance, and risk not certainty, are the deepest marks of faith. Nor can we be sure in advance that the journey we take will lead to the destination we seek. That is why we need faith.”

The Great Partnership, Chapter 4, p. 86