Jesus said to his disciples:
"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you."
+Prayer Come Holy Spirit, Come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thy well beloved Spouse. Amen
Last Saturday eve, after our vigil Mass for Pentecost here at St. Joseph’s, Father came outside to finish mowing the lawn. After a short while he called me and asked me to come over where he was on the property. There he was, sitting on the grass, watching a tiny baby Cardinal who had fallen from his nest. Father almost didn’t see him on the standing mower and he was trying to help the little one, but didn’t know how. The male and female (the parents of the baby cardinal) were swooping down near the baby bird, and the little one was hopping around here and there, somewhat using his wings and flopping down chirping loudly. He could move quickly in every direction except upwards to the nest. Based upon the activity and reaction from both the ‘parents’, he was of concern and possibly in danger, (as we have eagles and hawks on our property who nest in the high trees by the water). The male in particular had a most amazing response. He would tirelessly swoop down and would land near the chick and it appeared he both tried to comfort him by His presence (as the chick stopped chirping when he landed near him) and move him in the direction he wanted him to go, perhaps the nest was close. Every time the chick fluttered his wings and hopped and moved one moment this direction, one moment that direction, the male cardinal swooped down and chirped loudly. It was something profound to watch. Clearly the male was trying to draw any predator birds attention away from the chick and onto himself.
The following morning (Pentecost Sunday) as I was walking to the sacristy to set up for Mass, I saw the male cardinal and female perched in a bush near the sacristy. As I walked closer to the area the male began to fly down and fly over, seemingly guarding the brush near the bush. I heard the chirping in the brush of the little one. The male and female were very closely hovering near the low brush. They had managed to move the little chick into a place of safety. As I watched, the female Cardinal flew down to the low brush to feed the little one something. It was quite a site to see. The little one was close to the mother cardinal and as soon as she came near fluttered and hopped. Here before me, were these 3 birds of beauty and for me, the Cardinal is always a symbol of God’s Presence. Watching them lifts my heart to a greater Beauty and that is, God’s action. As He guides us along His way of Truth. He is ever present, close to me, guiding me, guarding me from all evils, protecting me from the predator of souls, the enemy-satan. He, the Father, is ever close and stoops down to me when I need His comfort the most, He guides me along His Path in the way of Truth. The male cardinal spent a very long time, long after I left him I am sure, to get the baby bird into an area of safety (where I found them all in the morning). There is a patience needed to be guided by God, in the way of Truth. We must be willing to be guided in Truth and this takes place in God’s own timing and manner. But God will guide us. As Father he will guard us and protect us and love us. As Son, He will redeem us in our failures and willfulness, in all the moments we head the wrong direction (sin). As the Holy Spirit, He will hover us and speak in our soul the Truths that set us heading in the right way. The beautiful truth that the Father was trying to lead me in, was before me in His creation in this little family of Cardinals.
“I go to Him as a baby goes to His mother and father, so that He can fill me, invade me and take me into His arms” (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity)