Quote for the Day

The meaning of language has been said to reside in its use—but on whose part? Naturally, on the part of the one who knows how to impose himself, that is, on the part of power. The language of the strong has become a weapon. A Christian discourse should be conscious of this use (abuse) by those who hold power.

— Raimon Panikkar, Christophany: The Fullness of Man

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Peter

    Of course language is powerful, a weapon, or a tool, of influence.
    Our family is highly literate, but we have made a conscious effort in passing down this heritage to our children (I personally taught each of the six of them to read) to impart at the same time a sense of responsibility to use the power of language in charity, in generosity, in kindness and in truth for the benefit of the weak and those in need. This is the same responsibility we have with any talent or source of power or influence that we have been given. This is critical to any Christian sense of the power of words, or of the Word: the Word became flesh, not to judge us but to bring us grace and truth, to bring us to life.

    Blessings to all,

  • http://hypocritical4u.wordpress.com hypocritical4u

    Religious discourse requires subjectivity acknowledging itself as such, rather than as something more. I recommend the following post: http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/objective-vs-subjective-a-matter-of-biblical-hyperbole/