Sacred speech has at least the following qualities. It opens doors because it is not afraid to open them. It takes risks because it is not afraid of the "other," even the "other" who speaks another way. It contains more love than fear. It is neither fight nor flight, the normal modes of self-defense. Instead, it is aware of its protection as a creature of God and has plenty of boundaries, sufficient to habituate love as behavior.

Donna Schaper, Sacred Speech