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This site is created and maintained by Baya Clare, CSJ. While its purpose is to facilitate imaginative, participative Christian prayer and reflection in the Ignatian tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph, it is not an official CSSJ site, and nothing on it should be construed as an official position or policy of any congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph.

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Inclusive Language

While I believe it is important to use inclusive language whenever possible, it is more important not to lose sight of the message of scripture in doing so. If it is feasible to use inclusive language without bowdlerizing the text or taking the focus off the message, then I do so.

“The Lord is kind and merciful; his mercy endures forever.” That sentence could be rendered as “God is kind and merciful; God’s mercy endures forever.” It’s a little awkward, but ok. But the really important thing about the phrase is its message: that God is kind and merciful, because inclusivity is meaningless without mercy and kindness.

  1. pat dunphy,csj permalink
    December 6, 2010 5:14 am

    Thanks so much for doing this. It is just enough to start my day.
    Happy Adventing

  2. Baya permalink*
    December 6, 2010 8:49 pm

    Thanks, Pat.🙂

  3. November 29, 2011 9:25 pm

    Very ice and inclusive,
    Baya…Happy Advent! carol

  4. gerrie lane permalink
    December 1, 2011 8:38 am

    Good job, Baya! It’ll help me “do Advent” a little more consciously.
    Gerrie Lane

  5. Joan Henehan, CSJ permalink
    February 9, 2012 5:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing your gifts so generously, and for inviting others to do so as well.

    Joan Henehan, CSJ


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