The God with Feathers

By Sr. Catherine Cleary, OSB

A small child was asked in catechism class to say who the Holy Spirit was. She answered, “You mean the God with feathers?” Well … yes!

This God with feathers was hard to comprehend as children. Images of flame and wind complicated the picture.

As adults, we have a better understanding of the pulsing, radiant nature of the Spirit, present everywhere.

As adults, I invite you to enter into deeper relationship with God by way of this God with feathers, this indwelling Spirit:

Walk through parks or grasslands reflecting on the Holy Spirit as energy. Take in the fields of bright green, dotted with yellow, violet, pink and blue spring flowers. Feel the heat of the sun and the power of the rain.

Then enter the recesses of your heart praying the Veni, Sancte Spiritus prescribed for  Pentecost Sunday Liturgy:

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore…

Truly the Holy Spirit is the compassionate, liberating power of God, the hand of God, leaving no nook or cranny of reality potentially untouched. The God, indeed, with feathers unbounded.

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