Pentecost Sunday celebrates the reality of the Holy Spirit in our Catholic Christian lives. The readings speak of the Holy Spirit as “a strong driving wind” renewing the earth and empowering us as Jesus’ disciples. The Holy Spirit may seem less like an empowering reality than an abstract concept as we fail to recognize God’s animating power. In the “Canticle of the Creatures,” St. Francis recognizes the radiance and splendor of Brother Sun as resemblances of our Most High One. Brother Sun images God the Father. While speaking with a friend, she opened this image of God for me. She said that the light of the sun, through which we know the sun’s presence, can be compared to Christ. The Holy Spirit is the warmth of the sun. In “God’s Grandeur,” the Jesuit poet, Gerard Manly Hopkins speaks of the Holy Spirit nurturing the world like a bird in the nest with her warm breast and “ah! bright wings.” Perhaps, we lose touch with the Holy Spirit’s warm, nurturing solace as we lose touch with the natural world. We know God through God’s creation. The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change (email@example.com) features a 4 minute Earth Day webisode @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLpO_M-f-9E&feature=youtube. This short clip from the EcoJesuit series by Loyola Productions, highlights the sustainability initiatives of Jesuit universities and contains an interview with the Catholic Coalition’s executive, Dan Misleh. Please call Diane Gallagher or Dan Hardester @ 407-246-4897 (or 4895) for assistance in using audiovisual media in faith formation for all age groups.
(Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)