Monday, January 16, 2012

Reverence for All that is Holy

St. Stephen's Church's Chapel, Paterson NJ
Photo by Esther

Most examinations of conscience emphasize reverence to God. For example:


Second Commandment

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Have I...

Used the name of God in cursing or blasphemy?
...Spoken about the Faith, the Church, the saints, or sacred things with irreverence, hatred or defiance?...

Source.

Basic preparation for confession, right?

Good Catholics try to avoid offending God, His Holy Mother, His saints and all that is holy. We try to show the utmost respect and reverence at all times. That is how most of us were brought up. We learned to show respect and reverence regarding all things holy, as little kids.

When we speak about Jesus, or His blessed Mother, it should only be with reverence.  It is bad enough when the secular world thinks nothing of continuously taking the Lord's name in vain. But it is more shocking when Catholics do so in the various social networks.  Just to give you an example, once someone actually brought up the subject of Our Blessed Mother's bathroom habits!

It is best we to keep what is holy, holy

What is the purpose of writing something titillating with respect to God, or any sacred or holy person?  This type of writing will not help evangelize.  In fact, it will probably hurt any efforts to evangelize.  People are hungry for the sacred.  Anything else, they can find in the secular media.

Think about that.

6 comments:

Ellen said...

We're having exposition next Monday during the March in Washington for those not going. Will spend some time there. Beautiful picture.

Esther G. said...

Wonderful Ellen!!!

acadiANNA said...

I am glad my parents taught us by example and by telling us to always revere the name of God, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and all the saints. I say a prayer for the person when I hear the names used disrespectfully. In the workplace, I've been known to say, "That isn't nice." Sometimes habits become so commonplace and come out naturally with no apprehension of being wrong. Think before you speak applies. Let all voices praise God, thank God, and ask God for His blessings upon us.
The Lord's Prayer begins, "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name." According to Pope Benedict XVI, the divine name could be misused and that Jesus' inclusion of "hallowed be thy name" is a plea for the sanctification of God's name, to "protect the wonderful mystery of his accessibility to us, and constantly assert His true identity...as opposed to our distortion of it."

Esther G. said...

I like that you pray for the person using God's name disrespectfully. Very good idea Anna!

Ebeth said...

beautiful, adoration is such an amazing form of prayer and time spent with God.

thanks for your GREAT blog, Esther!

Esther G. said...

Thank you Ebeth!