"Roczniki Teologiczne" (2020), T. 67, z. 12, s. 85-99
Homily functions in religious language as a form of speech and a text. As a consequence
it interacts with general language (official and colloquial one). Keeping a balance between
defence of cannons of beauty of verbal expression and comprehensibility, a homily wishes
to preach kerygma and to unite the past, the present and the future of many generations of listeners.
Polish etymology in its potential of evolution of vocabulary on the temporal axis may serve
this communication. When used in a homily as preaching material it supports the homily
association process. It suggests listeners relations between kerygma and specific lexemes that
include linguistic links to Christianity embedded in the history and culture of the nation. Such
etymologies may unite listeners themselves, when they become aware of a similar experience at
the crossroads of Polish and faith.