A Tap on the Window

A small boy who was spending the summer with his parents at the seashore was told one morning that he might play on the lawn in front of the house, but he must not go to the shore. The boy disobeyed, and the mother was reasoning with him.

"Did you see me just before I started," said the little fellow, "and did you notice that I hesitated?" The mother replied that she did. "Then," said the boy, "why did you not tap on the window and help me a little?"

There is sometimes a human need among those whom we love which may seem difficult for us to meet: the need of giving a tap on the window, of pointing out at the right moment, and in great love, a growing fault or weakness, which manifestly should be corrected. Before we venture to give the tap, however, let us make sure that we understand, at least in a measure, the conditions which surround our brother. Unless we have some knowledge of the pressure under which he may be laboring, some acquaintance with his individual struggle towards the light, and some perception of his temptation, we are not in a position to give the warning.

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Trusting in Divine Mind
February 6, 1932

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