Thursday, 31 January 2008

Word of the day - meek

I've been reading meditations by Francine Carillo at morning prayer this week. Today she based her poetry on part of a verse from James 1.21b, "welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls."
I'm not fond of the word "meek" and particularly wary of moralists who impose it as a virtue on others - just how meek is it to tell others to be meek? Interesting that the French is "douceur" and not "humilité" - mind you I suppose that too is all a question of which translation you choose. It's interesting that for nearly all of us the implanted word is a translated word. It finds us in translation.