7QT Friday: 7 Words of Life

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This week was all about words- the power of words especially words embued with the light and power of the Spirit.

“As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind



John 1:1-4 The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome.


Meet David Torkington Author and Speaker – On Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology. David is writing a wonderful, sweeping history and in-depth articles based on a series of Lenten talks he is giving in England. e considers it his life’s work to help teach the world about authentic, Catholic, mystical meditation and contemplation. This site is a real treasure trove of information and inspiration.i learned a new word from David yesterday, a word tha lit up my heart, and changed something in me…  The Mysterion

St Paul, who wrote in Greek, used the Greek work Mysterion to mean God’s secret plan. The word simply mean ‘secret’. When he used that word everybody, at the time, knew he was referring to God’s secret plan, and they knew precisely what it meant, for them. The word was pregnant with meaning that is lost on us today. When we hear the English word Budget it too is pregnant and full of meaning that we can all understand. It means that the government wants to take every thing they can from us. When St Paul used the word ‘secret’ it meant that God wants to give us all he can!

It is from this word, Mysterion that the words mystic, mystical,  and mysteries were derived.


Although not Catholic, Khalil Gibran words had an impact on me many decades ago; he once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words Although this seems absurd at first glane, it was fun consider which words i would choose to speak to the world. which 7 words express truth, which 7 words would bless others?

 So if I could only chose seven words to express myself to the world, they would have to be clear, concise words, words that would convey…

Life not death and

Joy not despair.

Words that would bless, not curse,

ushering in hope and not crushing the reader with despair.

I would need words that pierce a mind with light, triggeringunderstanding and wisdom not words of sophistry to summon darkness or confusion.


What would your 7 words of life be?



I understand the power of words to diffuse evil and banish lies.

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