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Saturday, June 09, 2007
Holy Spirit Reading

In this season of Pentecost, I am reading Father Raniero Cantalamessa's "Come Creator Spirit: Meditations on the Veni Creator." It is his commentary on the ancient hymn by the same title. This is a brilliant, masterful and very accessible work. What I love about Father C. is that he is simultaneously theological and poetic and thoroughly immersed in the Word of God. I'll try to flow out some quotes and thoughts in the coming weeks. For starters-- here' the hymn. It would be a good prayer to get lost in.

Come, Creator Spirit,
visit the minds of those who are yours;
fill with heavenly grace
the hearts that you have made.

You who are named the Paraclete,
gift of God most high,
living fountain, fire, love
and anointing for the soul.

You are sevenfold in your gifts,
you are finger of God's right hand,
you, the Father's solemn promise
putting words upon our lips.

Kindle a light in our senses,
pour love into our hearts,
infirmities of this body of ours
overcoming with strength secure.

The enemy drive from us away,
peace then give without delay;
with you as guide to lead the way
we avoid all cause of harm.

Grant we may know the Father through you,
and come to know the Son as well,
and may we always cling in faith
to you, the Spirit of them both.


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posted by John David Walt | at 6/09/2007 12:54:00 PM



Anonymous chad said...

This book looks interesting, I saw it in your stack last week at chapel. I really want to pick it up when the book budget comes back up.

The last stanza is great. Over the last six months I have really been enjoying finding the integration of trinitarian themes in poety.

11:23 PM EDT  
Blogger Morgan said...

Cantalamessa has two other holy spirit books that are very good, one is the Holy Spirit in the Life of Christ and the other has to do with his own experience of baptism of the Holy Spirit and I can't remember the name.

Of course, you probably already knew that.

3:21 AM EDT  
Blogger K said...

This book sounds so intriguing. Another book to explore on the Holy Spirit is a book by Handley Moule (bishop of Durham and principal of Cambridge's theology school in the 1800s) called Holy Spirit: Veni Creator. There is an abbreviated version, but the longer unabridged edition (found in the ATS library, by the way) is the best!

We have so ignored this Person of the Trinity. Thanks for encouraging us to embrace the Holy Spirit of Jesus!

7:26 PM EDT  

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