There was some question at work today about the meaning of Pope Francis’ motto “miserando atque eligando” – which is the same he has used on his crest since first becoming a bishop.
Okay. So first I identified these latin verbs as ablative gerundives. Then I got stuck. I know what a gerundive is, but what does it mean when it is in the ablative? At this point I did the sensible thing. I threw away the dictionaries and grammars and when here: “What does the Pope’s motto really say?”
Thanks, Fr. Z. Just goes to prove that it is not necessary to know everything, just to know people who do.