A Sense of Presence
Francis de Sales, in his Introduction to the Devout Life, says that bees, when they are surprised by the wind, lay hold of little stones so as to keep their balance and not be swept away by the storm. No one is able to predict when, and indeed how often, the strong winds will come to threaten the very core of one’s balance and security … Often, as a mere “technique of equilibrium,” an attitude or mood is developed that makes the individual hold his course, despite the fact that this way ever moves along the storm paths … Do you have anything to which you cling at such times, that enables you to keep your balance and not be swept away by the storm? Think it over.
From his book, “Deep is the Hunger”