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Etymology Word of the Week

As some of you know, in addition to being the Director of Admissions, Pat O'Rourke '90 also teaches Latin at Saint Ignatius and is a self-proclaimed "word nerd." Here is his latest Etymology Word of the Week.
passion  - "any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, such as love or hate."  When capitalized, the word Passion often denotes “the sufferings of Christ on the Cross.”  From the Latin deponent (i.e. passive in form, active in meaning) verb patior, pati, passus meaning “to suffer or endure.”   (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – passionate, compassion, passive, patience
Sample sentence – "During Holy Week, Christians around the world recall the events of Christ’s Passion, beginning with a lengthy Gospel account on Palm Sunday." 

ABBREVIATION OF THE WEEK:  INRI - abbreviation of the Latin words Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, meaning “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews” - often seen on a household or classroom Crucifix.  These words were inscribed on the Cross, since proclaiming himself king without proper authority was the crime Christ was charged with by the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate. 

GUESS THE APHORISM:  Idle hands are the... (scroll for the answer)

Answer: ...devil’s workshop.
(i.e. stay busy or you’ll find trouble)