Washing them clean

Holy Spirit, giving life to all life,
moving all creatures...
awakening the heart
from its ancient sleep.
Hildegard of Bingen, Holy Spirit

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There are a number of phrases in the incomparable Hildegard of Bingen's Holy Spirit:

The breadth of the repeated all - all creatures and all things - creates a sense of fresh wholeness and a sigh escapes my mouth.  The active verbs givingmovingwashingwipinghealing,awakening summon up a hands-on God, one who is near, who sees and knows and acts.  Finally, the magician who gives life, who is life, who awakens us, reenchanting our faith.

Such love does
the sky now pour,
that whenever I stand in a field,
I have to wring out the light
when I get

Saint Francis of Assisi