Martha Ministry of Spirituality
The Many Voices of Pentecost

"The hills are alive with the sound of music."

This is true on our Bethany property. One becomes aware of this when walking through the old growth forest, through St. Theresa’s Garden and Sacred Heart Grove, all near the trail head leading to the Contemplative Trail. As I walk through this space most mornings, I never cease to be amazed at the variety of orchestrations. The whispering trees are the home of many birds and critters, a few of which I will mention in this short reflection. Each bird makes their entrance just at the opportune time. One day the red-winged blackbird takes the lead and sings the solo, accompanied by the song sparrow who opens her throat to let out the beautiful sound placed there by our gentle Creator. The crows cannot be outdone as they make their presence felt by way of a duet, with energy, a strong presence, and various sounds. Then the squirrels come chiming in like piccolos making their tiny but important entrance. Under all this we have the steady beat of the pileated woodpecker acting as the percussion section. The hills, the groves, the trails, and Mother Earth are truly alive with the sound of music!

We too have been alive with the sound of music in our Easter Alleluias.
Moving toward Pentecost we are reminded in the Word of God that there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:4)
We, humans and non-humans have been given "the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." (1 Cor. 12:7)
My prayer for our common home, for the common good as we keep vigil during these pandemic times, and for our Mystical Body as we journey toward Pentecost, takes the form of a poem which I wrote a number of years ago:


Rock is rolled
And the aroma of
A thousand wildflowers
Wafts its way through the canyon
of our divided church.
Red flame vests
  the fiftieth day.
Holy Wind,
delicate with divinity and diversity
Use your invisible strength
to fan into flame
the flowering of
A New Day.

~Sr. Claire Mac Neil, CSM
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