It’s Day 280!!
We are finishing the Second Commandment today
The Catechism has put so much thought and prayer into these Commandments
There may be some new aspects to the Commandments that you have never considered in the past
THE CHRISTIAN NAME
When you are baptized, you are baptized IN THE NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
In Baptism, the Lord’s name sanctifies us
The Christian receives his name in the Church
So we can actually can lift up the Christian name, the name of God, by living the way He has called us to live
We can also, in some ways, defame or blaspheme the Christian name by the way we live
There is personal sin but there is no such thing as private sin
Since we bear the name of Christ, then no sin we have is private
There is a personal aspect to every sin
There is also a communal aspect to every sin
Because we bear the Christian name, we are called to live in a certain way
When we do not live that way, there is scandal
So there we have it!!
Paragraph 2156 says, “The sacrament of Baptism is conferred ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ In Baptism, the Lord’s name sanctifies man, and the Christian receives his name in the Church. This can be the name of a saint, that is, of a disciple who has lived a life exemplary fidelity to the Lord. The patron saint provides a model of charity; we are assured of his intercession. The ‘baptismal name’ can also express a Christian mystery or Christian virtue. ‘Parents, sponsors, and the pastor are to see that a name is not given which is foreign to Christian sentiment.’”
An oath is calling upon the Lord God, taking God’s name to bear witness to one’s actions and to what one says
How do we begin our prayers?
How do we begin the Mass?
How do we begin every sacrament?
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Virtually every prayer that we pray is connected to oaths, in a certain sense
I am calling upon God to bear witness to what I am about to do
So often, we race past this part
When we pray in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we call upon God Himself to bear witness to what we are about to do and even to bless what we are about to do
The Eucharist is a covenant meal
It renews the Covenant every time we enter into this
Partly because we are invoking the Lord’s name
There is a covenant oath that is involved at every Mass
There is a tradition when a Christian receives their name in the Church
Let’s listen to Fr. Mike’s explanation about Mars…
When they became Christian, they received a name associated either with the Old Covenant or the New Covenant
So Mars could be baptized as Mark or something
We have heard the phrase, “This is my Christian name…”
So don’t give the baby a baptismal name of Lucifer, basically
Paragraph 2157 says, “The Christian begins his day, his prayers, and his activities with the Sign of the Cross: ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.’ The baptized person dedicates the day to the glory of God and calls on the Savior’s grace which lets him act in the Spirit as a child of the Father. The sign of the cross strengthens us in temptations and difficulties.”
As laypeople, we can sanctify every moment, every hour of the day, by going into the world bearing the name of Christian
The fact that we are bearing the name of Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit into our work, our family, we are sanctifying that day
It makes sense that we do that by invoking the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
We all should pray the Morning Offering Prayer every morning as we begin our day
“Oh my Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass said throughout the world for all the intentions of your most Sacred Heart, for the conversion of sinners, for the reparation of sins, for the reunion of all Christians, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for all the intentions of my family and friends, and for the intentions of the Holy Father, our Pope. Amen”
Fr. Mike’s friends says the grace before meals prayer since we don’t mention food in it
“Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts…”
At any given moment, if you are facing temptation, to simply make the Sign of the Cross and say, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” will help you in this battle
The battle is: are you willing to shut down the temptation?
Would you rather fiddle with temptation?
We are not going to shut the door completely and lock it and bolt it
We just let it be outside the door
Maybe there is a crack in the door
We don’t want temptation to get in the door
But we don’t really stamp it out
By making the Sign of the Cross, you are locking that door
Temptation now has no space
You are now putting a stop to the temptation to sin
WE ALL SHOULD DO THIS!!
Too many of us don’t want temptation inside, but we are also not willing to lock it outside
The sign of the cross is a sign of worship and prayer and adoration
Paragraph 2158 says, “God calls each one by name. Everyone’s name is sacred. The name is the icon of the person. It demands respect as a sign of the dignity of the one who bears it.”
Your name is sacred
Your name has dignity because of you
The name you receive from the Lord is a name for eternity
Paragraph 2159 says, “The name one receives is a name for eternity. In the kingdom, the mysterious and unique character of each person marked with God’s name will shine forth in splendor. ‘To him who conquers…I will give a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it.’ ‘Then I looked, and Lo, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.’”
This is an image of God’s unique love for you
How many times in the course of our lives do we think God loves us, but God loves everyone
How special is God’s love for me when He loves everyone?
God loves everyone infinitely
There is a name that is your name that ultimately only you and God will know this name
Not only does God love you infinitely, but He loves you infinitely uniquely
He knows you in a way He knows no one else
You are going to have a relationship with God that He has with no one else
God will have a relationship with you that He has with no one else
God loves you already and He will love you for eternity with a love that is infinite and infinitely unique
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot wait to see you before the end of the year!!