Monday, January 3, 2011

This name, His Name

Feast of the
Most Holy Name of Jesus
At the name of Jesus every knee must bend, in heaven,
on earth, and under the earth; every tongue should proclaim
to the glory of God the Father:  Jesus Christ is Lord.  (Phil 2:10-11)
(Memorial Mass of the Holy Name of Jesus)
All powerful Father, accept our gifts
in the Name of Jesus Christ your Son.
We have faith that we will receive
whatever we ask for in His Name
for this is what He promised.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
on the most holy Name of Jesus:
"The sweet Name of Jesus produces in us holy thoughts, fills the soul with noble sentiments, strengthens virtue, begets good works, and nourishes pure affections. All spiritual food leaves the soul dry, if it contain not that penetrating oil, the Name Jesus. When you take your pen, write the Name Jesus: if you write books, let the Name of Jesus be contained in them, else they will possess no charm or attraction for me; you may speak, or you may reply, but if the Name of Jesus sounds not from your lips, you are without unction and without charm. Jesus is honey in our mouth, light in our eyes, a flame in our heart. This name is the cure for all diseases of the soul. Are you troubled? think but of Jesus, speak but the Name of Jesus, the clouds disperse, and peace descends anew from heaven. Have you fallen into sin? so that you fear death? invoke the Name of Jesus, and you will soon feel life returning. No obduracy of the soul, no weakness, no coldness of heart can resist this holy Name; there is no heart which will not soften and open in tears at this holy name. Are you surrounded by sorrow and danger? invoke the Name of Jesus, and your fears will vanish."

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