Part XV: The Creator Spirit and Artistic Inspiration
15. Often in the Church there resounds the invocation to the Holy Spirit: Veni, Creator Spiritus... –
"Come, O Creator Spirit, visit our minds, fill with your grace the hearts you have created".
The Holy Spirit, "the Breath" (ruah), is the One referred to already in the Book of Genesis: "The
earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God
was moving over the face of the waters" (1:2). What affinity between the words "breath - breathing"
and "inspiration"! The Spirit is the mysterious Artist of the universe. Looking to the Third Millennium,
I would hope that all artists might receive in abundance the gift of that creative inspiration which is the
starting-point of every true work of art.
Dear artists, you well know that there are many impulses which, either from within or from without,
can inspire your talent. Every genuine inspiration, however, contains some tremor of that "breath"
with which the Creator Spirit suffused the work of creation from the very beginning. Overseeing the
mysterious laws governing the universe, the divine breath of the Creator Spirit reaches out to human
genius and stirs its creative power. He touches it with a kind of inner illumination which brings
together the sense of the good and the beautiful, and he awakens energies of mind and heart which
enable it to conceive an idea and give it form in a work of art. It is right then to speak, even if only
analogically, of "moments of grace", because the human being is able to experience in some way the
Absolute who is utterly beyond.