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Father Dumitru Stăniloae, love of God and of His creation


The author recounts a meeting with Father Dumitru Stăniloae, a salutary encounter both from a cultural point of view and as spiritual impact. This conversation with Father Stăniloae focused on the inestimable value of the word, bearer of divine truth. Father explained, on that occasion, the very important reason of using words with great responsibility, these keeping us connected to God. All language reveals, in Father Stăniloae`s vision, the truth that, in Church is a unifying one, because the Church unites divine energies with human energies, which should be reflected in the permanently renewed movement of the faithful towards repentance and mutual forgiveness. As an example, the author analyzes the etymology and meaning of the phrase Santa Claus.

Keywords: Father Dumitru Stăniloae, word, language, Santa Claus