language

The Prayer of “Yay!”

There’s a music minister at my church who loves to say “Yay!” after singing. Something as simple as a proclamation of “yay” not only reminds us that joys can be found in our life, but it reminds us that expression to God can be as simple as one word.

The Heart & The Gut

I tend not to think about the bodily language we use to describe feelings. But feelings are just that, physical feelings occurring somewhere in our bodies. Let’s explore two such places: the heart and the gut.

Ministering to God?

Ever since the changes in the translation of the Mass prayers I’ve been noticing that Eucharistic Prayer II has this newly translated line, which comes just after the words of consecration … Woah – We’re talking about ministering to God?

“Taking” Time

“It takes an hour to get there.” Do you ever realise that when we talk about the duration of an activity we use the verb take? “How long will it take?” It’s an odd verb to use yet it’s such a normal part of our vocabulary that we don’t really think […]

The Power of Political Catchphrases

Do you ever notice politicians repeating certain phrases or concepts like: “Small business owners…” “We need to get this country back on track.” “For me it’s not business as usual.” “The middle class…” “Teachers are the foundation of this country.” Words have a certain power and in the political sphere […]