THE AMIABLE DOVE
It behooved the Holy Spirit to be
manifested when coming upon Jesus, that everyone might understand that, if
He has the Holy Spirit, He ought to be simple like the dove -- to maintain
true peace with His brethren, which is what the kisses of doves
Ravens, it is true, have their kisses; but
in ravens is a false peace; in doves it is the true peace. How then are the
kisses of ravens to be distinguished from those of doves? Ravens kiss, but
tear; doves kiss, but they are guiltless of tearing.
The dove's food is innocent fruits of the
earth, a circumstance deserving admiration in the dove. Sparrows are very
small birds, but they kill flies. Not so the dove, for it does not feed on
what is dead. They who have torn the Church feed upon the dead. "Be ye
wise as serpents and harmless as doves."