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1.-THE EAGLE TRAINING HER YOUNG.
“ As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth
abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.” Deut. xxxii. 11, 12.
The care of the eagle for her young is here made an emblem of the Divine love and tenderness for the Church ; as in another similitude, the hen gathering her chickens under her wings is an image of Christ's compassionate desire to shield the souls of His people from all the evil that can befal them? The eagle is observed to have a strong affection for her young ; and to show it, not only as other creatures, by protecting them, and making provision for them, but also by educating them and teaching them to fly. She stirs them out of the nest with her beak. She flutters over them, not only with parental delight and complacency in her offspring, but also in order to instruct and encourage them by her own example to use their wings. She stirs them up, that they may not lie in sloth and indolence, or lose their natural gifts and powers for want of exercise ; and then she
1 Matt. xxiii. 37.