Tag Archives: Holy Spirit

Pulled into the Ring of the Dance

In her Pentecostal poem “Caedmon,” Denise Levertov describes the moment when the early British poet was filled with the Holy Spirit and learned the art of song.

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A Comforter to Guide Us in All Truth

Jesus’s promise to his disciples, to send them “another advocate with the father,” is picked up by a disheartened Milton as he seeks to justify the ways of God to man–and to himself.

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What in Me Is Dark Illumine

An epiphany is the moment when something divine enters the human realm. During the Epiphany season, Christians celebrate such moments. In the famous opening of “Paradise Lost,” Milton notes that the Holy Spirit is his muse and connects his own inspiration with a number of famous visitations of the Holy Spirit throughout Biblical history.

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The Creator Spirit’s Deep Embrace

Denise Levertov’s “Avowal” equates opening oneself to God to opening oneself to “the Creator Spirit.”

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A Bright Torch Shines to Show the Way

John Donne’s “Ascension” captures the paradoxes of the resurrection and ascension.

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A Hermit of the Rocks, Wind & Mist

R. S. Thomas’s powerful poem “Sea-Watching” compares waiting for the Holy Spirit with bird watching.

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Who Has Seen the Wind?

Christina Rossetti’s “Who Has Seen the Wind?” is about the Holy Spirit.

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Water to Solace Our Dry Hearts

Levertov’s “Fountain” invokes the healing power of water.

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Father, Son, Holy Spirit – A Story for Each

Can different members of the Holy Trinity be seen to shape different narratives?

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Come Holy Spirit, Come Heavenly Newt

In “Not Like a Dove” Mary Pratt reconceptualizes the Holy Spirit in a number of startling ways. Her goal, according to guest blogger Sue Schmidt, is to bring us closer to Godhead.

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