Cardinal's Network Archive
Monday, June 29, 2009
The Italians have a saying that a translator is a traitor. The truth behind the saying is that no other language completely captures the meaning of the original language. The much discussed difficulty in translating liturgical texts is a case in point, but the saying also stays with me each time I try to express my thoughts in a language other than English, my native tongue. It helps me appreciate the struggle that immigrants go through daily in any country of the world.
St. Paul says that our true home is heaven. Its language is the Eternal Word of God, the Word made flesh two thousand years ago in Jesus of Nazareth. Imagine how hard it was for God to speak to us; his language isn’t ours, or wasn’t until he sent His Son for our salvation. The Holy Name of Jesus is the privileged tongue of the world of grace, the Kingdom of God. Unless we learn to speak it, we will have a hard time communicating with God.
Francis Cardinal George, OMI