The Benedictine nun St Hildegard of Bingen wrote these words: ‘Listen: a king sat upon his throne, surrounded by lofty and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king proudly to all. Then it pleased the king to lift a small feather from the ground, and he commanded it to fly. Yet a feather does not fly because of anything, but because the air bears it along. Thus, I am a feather on the breath of God, not gifted with great powers or education, nor even with good health, but I rely completely on God’.

These words are words to inspire us with their message of confidence in God. May we heed them, and launch forth in perfect trust. May God bless you this day.