The Priest and the Young Person – Together on the Road towards God

One day, a fisherman who was trying his luck on the sea shore, under a cliff, saw an eagle pushing its young out of the nest and letting it fall into the void. The little eagle, beating its wings chaotically, was trying to regain its balance but as it could not do it, it was plummeting towards the ground.

One day, a fisherman who was trying his luck on the sea shore, under a cliff, saw an eagle pushing its young out of the nest and letting it fall into the void. The little eagle, beating its wings chaotically, was trying to regain its balance but as it could not do it, it was plummeting towards the ground.

‘It will crash against the rocks and die’, said the fisherman to himself when, all of a sudden, the father plunged from high up, came towards the baby eagle and caught it on its strong back. Then, it soared again and threw it once more time into the void. The manoeuvre was repeated until the baby eagle learnt how to fly.[1]

Young people know that they cannot fly, that they can do wonderful things that would help them understand the meaning of life, manage to succeed on their own, and to be free. Until they gain self-confidence and self-assurance, they need to start their flight by leaning on the wings of the faith of grown-ups, of their parents, priests or teachers. Their flight is our fulfilment, the fulfilment of grown-ups. We don’t need anything from them. Only to see their flight...freedom in God. But who could teach them all this? Many of them don’t even know that there is such a thing as a flight. It is increasingly less talked about. Who could teach them how it is done? In school, they are taught to know, not to do. They get grades for what they memorise in their desks. When leaving their warm nest, deceived into believing that they already know, many of them hurt themselves against rocks. Who could talk to them about flight, light, the infinite? Their parents? Many of the latter have never tasted either flight or freedom. How could they offer someone else what they themselves have never had? But how could the youth discover that they can fly when they do not know that there is such a thing as flight and if they do not try it, under supervision? Young people know only themselves and they ignore their potential just like the baby eagle ignored that with a little effort, it could soar with the wind. Everything is possible for the one who believes. But...we ignore what we can do, as long as we keep the wings of faith tight, fearfully, against our body. Someone must open them for us, set them on the wind, and tell us that we shall succeed and that we can do it. This is what the Church does. It teaches us how to rise from the ground, and how to fly the never-ending flight.

 
[1]Spiritual Vitamins, Anthony M. Coniaris
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