A playful Toss up between Christian and Secular thoughts

Michael "Mick" Bisignani

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After a short hiatus, I decided that is was time to come back to this project and continue my creative writing experiment on a rainy , damp day. This time, my writing alcove is situated in a reserved corner of my public library, a semi-private area where I to my left, I see a small garden , filled with small trees, perennial grasses and, my favorite , large ferns. It’s a peaceful corner, very little distraction well lighted, a perfect little place to escape for a few hours.

Let’s continue our journey through Professor Stone’s book “Latin for the Illiterati” [1] and pick a few new expressions to explore. Today this will bounce around between the religious and secular spaces.

word 6, page 8

ad verbum

This is one of those expressions that we can count on when we want to sound erudite in our writing and speech. It can be translated as “word for word”. I suspect that the expression is used less commonly than its cousin “verbatim”.

But this was not why this set of words jumped out at me. A theological association instead prompted my interest and curiosity. In the Latin vulgate bible, we find in the gospel of John at 1:14 we find “et Verbum caro factum est” , translated “and the Word became flesh” which tells us that God, through Christ the son, became man and came, temporarily, in the flesh , to dwell among us. Quite reminiscent, perhaps by the author’s design , the Gospel of John, offers, in its opening statement, strong parallelism and continuity with the book of Genesis. The “Word” . “Λόγος” , “Logos” in ancient Greek, is the term that is synonymous with “God”, the creator as established by John [1:1] “in principio erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum et Deus erat Verbum”. This theological truth and equivalence about the nature of God could be not be stated more clearly: “God was the Word”. The Creed teaches us “consubstantial with the Father” so John feels like an appropriate precursory statement, revealed to us in through these opening lines.

But the word “Verbum” is more nuanced. Seeing this term made me think about what it meant for God to dwell among us. Christ, the Son…

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Michael "Mick" Bisignani

Professional Technologist, Aspiring Food Celebrity. Catholic spreading messages of Empathy and Equality.