The Finger of God

by | Jul 17, 2023 | Church, Prayer, Teachings

In Sacred Scripture, the symbol of the Holy Spirit is the “finger of God’s right hand.” I love this symbol!  Because of the way sacred art has symbolized its illustration with such beauty. 

Think of the famous depiction of the creation of Adam by God the Father on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Think of the Calling of Matthew by Caravaggio. Jesus points to Matthew with the index finger of his right hand to indicate the Spirit calling him forth to a new life and mission. In like manner, by virtue of the grace of our baptism and confirmation it is the same Holy Spirit upon whom we must depend. We must place our total reliance on that “finger of God’s right hand” to overcome all that makes us feel afraid and vulnerable.

It was with such thoughts in my mind and heart that I watched this 2 minute video  in breathless disbelief but a sense of awesome wonder. You will see why this is pertinent to this blog once you have watched it until the end.  I was touched by how the clip concludes with the words of love from a father to a son. Truly an incarnational moment because where there is love, God is present through His Spirit. 

Edmund Adamus

Edmund is currently Education Consultant for the human sexuality formation programme A Fertile Heart, Receiving and Giving Creative Love a theology of the body oriented resource for Catholic schools and families. He has worked professionally within varied leadership roles in the Church since 1990. Edmund was Private Secretary to two diocesan bishops. From 2003-2016 as Director of Pastoral Affairs in Westminster. He has contributed to various Vatican publications and addressed the VIth World Meeting of Families in Mexico in 2009. In 2007, he established the St. John Southworth Fund grants scheme on behalf of the Archdiocese of Westminster awarding more than £2m to help alleviate poverty for families across London. He helped establish Caritas Westminster in 2011. He addressed the 2014 annual conference of the American Academy for Fertility Care Professionals on Fertility Awareness –a Male Perspective; and was a guest speaker at the "Re-Engaging Humanae Vitae" conference at Ave Maria University, Florida in 2016. He has been actively involved in Catholic education for over 30 years and is UK representative for the GoodLove Foundation a global platform of sexuality formation resources for parents sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Among his most notable achievements is the establishment of the annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Matrimony at Westminster Cathedral, London, which since 2008 has gathered more than 15,000 couples to renew their marital commitment.  


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