“Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as gently as doves. Perhaps, then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear amid the uproar of empires and nations a faint flutter of wings, a gentle stirring of life and hope.” – Albert Camus (quoted by PACE E BENE)
As I read this quote today, I thought of the many times a quiet thought came to me just at the moment I needed guidance or inspiration. I easily recognized it as the right action to take, or the words I was looking for, and sped right on into action or writing without another thought about it. Only later did I gratefully recognize it to be a stirring of the Holy Spirit within.
When people ask me how I go about writing songs, my usual response is that the words and/or melody most often quietly come to me in unexpected moments, like when I take a break to get a cup of coffee or go to the restroom. My mind is usually somewhat relaxed and unfocused in those moments, so I guess it is easier for the creative ideas to break through. It has always been a mystery to me how it happens, but in my heart I believe it is both a bit of intuition or my spirit, graced and gifted by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit breaking through. When I pay attention to it and stay with it, the song develops very naturally into a full blown piece as I write down melody and verses as they are formed within me until it feels complete.
I believe that our inner spirit is the place where the Holy Spirit seeds our being with the living Word of God. Like a home where Wisdom resides, it’s where we can go within to find guidance, understanding, healing, and all the spiritual gifts we need to live the fullness of life with Christ in solidarity with all God’s people and creation. Silence, prayer and meditation, contemplating Christ in all God’s incarnations – these can quiet our mind and being so we are able to hear the “faint flutter of wings, a gentle stirring of life and hope.” We pray that our leaders of Church, Country and Nations may be drawn into the quiet of attentive listening for God’s Spirit even “amid the uproar of empires and nations,” that they may lead us to peace based on truth and justice for all.
As Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace, we seek to welcome this gentle “dove” and share it with all we meet in the course of a day, so that we can BE PEACE, BUILD PEACE, and PREACH PEACE – with or without words.