Joy, I agree. Our words are very powerful and can allow us on to someone’s holy ground or push us off. As a Chaplain – I weigh my words carefully, not just with my patients and family, but with staff who are from different backgrounds and different faith traditions. I want them to hear acceptance, openness, and desire to learn. The study that Oates offered a couple of months ago on Barbara Brown Taylor’s book “Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others” was a great resource for that very thing.