Thursday, January 03, 2008
Optional Memorial - The Holy Name of JESUS
Shared by Sue of Half the Kingdom
The Name of JESUS is the shortest,the easiest, and the most powerful of prayers.
Everyone can say it, even in the midst of daily work.
Our Lord Himself has solemnly promised
that whatever we ask the Father in His Name we shall receive
(provided, of course, that it be for His glory and the good of our soul).
Each time we pronounce the holy Name of JESUS
with reverence and love, and with proper intention,
we give great glory to God and obtain for ourselves priceless graces.
Each time we say JESUS, we may, in desire :
Make an act of perfect love, offering to God all the infinite love of His Divine Son as if it were our own.
Offer the Passion and Death of Our Lord to the Eternal Father for His greater glory and our own intentions.
Offer to God all the infinite merits and perfections of Jesus.
Offer all the Holy Masses said each day throughout the world, for the glory of God and the good of our own and others' souls.
Each time we say JESUS,
we increase in our souls the virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
Our faith becomes more lively, our confidence in God greater,
and our love more intense.
The holy Name of JESUS saves us from innumerable evils and dangers,
helps us to overcome temptations, and delivers us from the power of the devil, who is constantly seeking to do us harm.
The holy Name of JESUS fills our souls with peace and joy,
and gives us strength to bear our trials and sufferings
with patience and resignation.
Each time we say JESUS,
we can gain an indulgence of 300 days, which we may apply to the souls in purgatory, thus relieving and liberating many of them from their awful pains, and gaining for ourselves friends who will pray for us with incredible fervor.
We ought, therefore, to try to acquire the habit of saying
JESUS , JESUS , JESUS ,
very often every day, with fervent love and devotion
-when dressing, when working
-no matter what we are doing,
in moments of sadness and in moments of joy,
at home, in company, on the street,
when walking, riding, or waiting.
We can say it countless times every day, and thus gain untold graces and blessings for ourselves and for the whole world.
Nothing is easier, if only we do it with all our heart.
The frequent repetition of the Name of Jesus far from tiring.
It gives us joy, a peace, a happiness we never had before.
We can say it for example:
When working-no matter what we may be doing- we can go on saying Jesus at home, in the streets, walking or driving in cars. in trains, everywhere.
When ladies go shopping. when men go and return from their work, when workers are toiling all the day long, they can easily get into the habit of repeating Jesus. No effort is required, all we have to do is to let this blessed Name flow from our hearts and lips.
The one thing that we have to do is to form the habit of constantly saying Jesus. In the beginning we must give It care and attention in order to acquire the custom of saying it.
Then we shall have an immense treasure in our hands for the rest of our lives.