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The Holy Name of Jesus

by Fr. Benedict Solomon, O.Praem.


“If you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you.”

St. Bernardine promoted the power of the Holy Name of Jesus.

I once heard the story of a Chinese martyr, a Dominican Bishop, whose captors tried to make him scream. He said the name of Jesus continually while they removed his digits one by one. They broke his bones and removed his limbs. And finally he died with a smile on his face and the name of Jesus on his lips – that is the habit of praying the name of Jesus.

But what about the habit of using bad language? Is it so bad that we say bad language as a reflex?

I heard another priest mention how sad it would be if we allowed the use of bad language to be so habitual, that in our last moment before we die, instead of uttering a prayer, we shouted an expletive. So the last words on our lips to be judged by was a bad word, or worse, God’s name in vain.  

This is a good reason to start to curb our bad language, even while driving alone in our cars, and to replace it with the Holy name of Jesus. Pray the rosary while driving, listen to scripture, turn off the music. We are to keep ourselves unspotted from this world as St. James said. And part of that is speaking as a Christian, which involves self restraint. This is hard in school and at work especially when the people around us use bad language.  But this is how we witness to others.

“And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue but deceiving his own heart, this man’s religion is in vain.”

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