A Meditation by Anthony de Mello, SJ

"Calamities can bring growth
and Enlightenment," said the Master.

And he explained it thus:

"Each day a bird would shelter in the
withered branches of a tree that stood
in the middle of a vast deserted plain.
One day a whirlwind uprooted the tree,
forcing the poor bird to fly
a hundred miles in search of shelter--
till it finally came to a forest
of fruit-laden trees."

And he concluded:
"If the withered tree had survived,
nothing would have induced the bird
to give up its security and fly."

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