The Importance of Our Words


“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”

– Yehuda Berg

Words are important. Often, the words we hear have a way of sticking with us. Unfortunately, hurtful words seem to cling to our ears all the more so, perhaps a good reminder to be careful of how we offer criticism of others. Can we state our impression or concern in a way that is informative and helpful, sometimes this is a challenge, yet one worth considering.

The political climate of the last year may have made this all the more difficult, as the polarity of our positions have been highlighted. Choosing our words carefully may be all the more important, as we work to restore relationships. The polarity after all, represents a certain diversity among us as well.

Words of encouragement can also remain with us. I recall a speaker I heard years ago, while the specific words he used are lost, he spoke of the importance and significance of the ‘encouragement’ we offer one another. It’s free. It’s unlimited. It’s something we often overlook, or forget to offer. Let us, then, encourage one another, through words of affirmation. Words are important, let us remember to use them wisely.


Fr. Paul

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