The Holy Name of Jesus

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Guest post by Fr Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross.

January 3rd is the feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

Ever wonder why blasphemy is such a crime in the Scriptures? That is because you HAVE a name. I HAVE a name. But God IS His name. God and His name are equivalent realities. An attack on His name is an attack on Him. To do so is to curse yourself and the place where the blasphemy is uttered.

One of the reasons why I never watch movies anymore is because of Hollywood’s frequent and random use of blasphemies. I never know if a movie has one, or when it will come. I never want a blasphemy said in my home. I spend much energy trying to make it holy. I don’t want to undo it with blasphemy.

I was once sitting in the Confessional when a penitent came and confessed the viewing of pornography and committing the physical act of impurity with himself. Once those sins were out of the way — being what he thought were his biggest — he then rattled off a litany of smaller sins, among which was blasphemy (a few times he was guilty of saying the word “damn” after saying the word “God”). He was astounded when I told him that the blasphemies were by far the biggest sins. Porn and masturbation are excessive (and so perverted) love of created goods (the beauty in the image and the desire for self-gratification). But irreverence of the name of God is a lack of love for the Supreme Good. This being far more perverted and evil.

As many of you know, I have participated in more than a few exorcisms. Never have I ever witnessed a demon trash-talk the name of God. I have seen demons claim to be God. I have seen them show disdain for the things God loves. I have seen them ridicule God’s reign. But I have never seen them disrespect His name. That is a domain where, apparently, even the demons fear to tread.

Food for thought, friends.

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    One of my “BIGGEST GRIPE’S” is sports announcers,
    many of them are Catholic. I wish they’d stop saying
    I feeling their insulting our Blessed Mother. The phrase is being used frequently.
    Thanks for letting me vent.
    Have a Blessed Day.
    Chester (Chet) Sadowski
    Toledo, Ohio

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      Hi Chester! Here is the history of it in case you have not heard the etymology =) I think it’s neat that Catholicism is interwoven in culture (like how a Paternoster is a kind of elevator, and “bead” came from the Old English word “gebed”, “prayer”).. but yes, it can seem like taking something sacred and making it rather common! God bless you too.

      ‘The expression goes back at least to the 1930s, when it was used publicly by two former members of Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen, Elmer Layden and Jim Crowley. Originally meaning any sort of desperation play, a “Hail Mary” gradually came to denote a long, low-probability pass, typically of the “alley-oop” variety, attempted at the end of a half when a team is too far from the end zone to execute a more conventional play, implying that it would take divine intervention for the play to succeed. For more than 40 years, use of the term was largely confined to Notre Dame and other Catholic universities.

      The term became widespread after a December 28, 1975, NFL playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, when Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach said about his game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson, “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.”

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