“The ostrich never flies,–the hen rises with difficulty, and achieves but a brief and rare flight, but the eagle, the dove, and the swallow, are continually on the wing, and soar high;–even so sinners do not rise towards God, for all their movements are earthly and earthbound. Well-meaning people, who have not as yet attained a true devotion, attempt a manner of flight by means of their good actions, but rarely, slowly and heavily; while really devout men rise up to God frequently, and with a swift and soaring wing.” St. Francis De Sales
With such a beautiful and fitting analogy, we see the hope for our lives on this earth. Our goal, our desire, our want should be ordered to this kind of devotion – to swiftly and frequently soar to new heights, ever closer to God.
What that means for our everyday lives is simply responding with love more carefully, frequently, and promptly. Whether that’s love for God or neighbor – in adoration and thanksgiving, or in reaching out a helping hand.
Let’s pray our souls may be swift and soaring.
Be the Men,