Fingerspitzengefühl

I am learning German, and so am developing a deep affection for the language’s compound nouns.  

Three words combine to make one of my favorites: Fingerspitzengefühl.

Finger is the noun for finger.  Spitzen is the verb for to sharpen.  Gefühl is a noun meaning sensation or feeling.

Literally, it means “the sensitivity in the tips of one’s fingers,” but is also understood more broadly as intuition or a sure instinct.  

So, let’s pray for the grace of Fingerspitzengefühl, in our interior lives, our relationships, and our work.  May our attentiveness and compassion be sharpened to be as sensitive as the tips of our fingers.