Walter Hilton tells of hounds hunting the hare. He says that some hounds run because of the excitement of the chase. They are running on the energy of others. They will eventually tire and straggle home without having reached the prize. However, those hounds which run because they have smelt the hare or have the hare fixed in their sights, will never tire until they have caught the hare and, hence, attained their goal.

We need to be careful that we are not running on the commitment of others, but have truly placed our lives in a personal way under the Lordship of Christ. Even if everyone else should fall away, we would still keep running, because we love the Lord and desire to possess and be possessed by him totally.


Extract from “Becoming Fire” by Fr Ken Barker p80