Hello word nerds and linguists alike!
This week is the first of getting back into the swing of normal blogging and I’m more excited each day to see what I learn about language this summer! So, without any delay, this week’s word of the week is: misericordia!
Misericordia is a Spanish word meaning mercy or compassion. If you want to pronounce it, it sounds like miss-err-ee-cord-ee-ah. One definition in Spanish is “Inclinación a sentir compasión por los que sufren y ofrecerles ayuda.” Translated this means “the inclination to feel compassion for those who suffer and offer them help.”
Misericordia is not only a beautiful word, but also a powerful one. This word has so much more depth than what one word in English can explain. The word itself means mercy, but in a religious setting, Jesus’ mercy is beyond explanation or understanding.
This is the word of the week because of the church I am interning at. Right now, the name of the church is Iglesia Cristo Rey, however soon they will be in the process of changing the name to El Señor de Misericordia. Translated this is The Lord of Mercy. As I continue my journey this summer, it is the mercy, compassion and unexplainable sense of worth the lord provides for me each day that keeps me going. I urge you to find the misericordia in your life and bask in the wonder of it!