Posted on October 20, 2014
Beloved of Jesus Christ!
I want to express a final time my deepest gratitude for helping to make my long anticipated desire a reality! Words can not describe the depths of my gratitude and the awe at the grace of God at work through uniting all of us together in support of his charity. This is why I am excited to share with you my entrance date! January 3, 2015! The feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.
This feast is dear to us Dominicans because it was in the year 1274, that
Pope Gregory selected the Dominican Order, in particular Blessed John of Vercelli, the Dominican’s master general, to spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus to fight blasphemy. Unfortunately even now, some Christians find it difficult to mention the name of Jesus Christ in light of such negative responses. The reason souls are so repulsed by the power of the name of Jesus is because of his own authority. Therefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name, Phil. 2:9-11. Of course it takes courage and prudent discernment not to use his name irreverently. But when called to evangelize say at a local abortion clinic, we need not assume this is so when there is a hungry soul starving to hear the name of the very one who can free her from the perils or the sins of the flesh. We have a grave obligation to use his name when appropriate, you, feed my sheep Jn. 21:17. We arehis name, as Christians, it is also our identity that we are proclaiming. In Jesus Christ, we are one body with our spouse, why be ashamed of yourself? In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Eph.5:28. The Church proclaims a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Word of God, who is Truth and Wisdom Incarnate. Because of this truth, when we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, we are joining all of our prayers for ourselves to those in need without losing any grace for ourselves while meriting for others in a beautiful act of charity.
The Word of God sanctified words, our emotions and the flesh are subordinate to our words when we speak the truth- we gain grace, and when we misuse words, we lose grace. Saying, I love you, Jesus Christ
throughout the day, unites the body that it might join to the spirit and grow deeper in love with Jesus Christ. Only in his name is the power to drive out demons, in his name we are freed from the yoke of slavery and bondage which sin binds us, and are relieved of shame and brought into union with the body of Christ in Baptism. The name Emmanuel means God is with
Each time we say Jesus, we give God infinite joy and glory, for we offer Him all the infinite merits of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Each time we say Jesus, let us clearly wish to offer God all the Masses being said all over the world for all our intentions. Each time we say Jesus, we gain indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Each time we say Jesus, it is an act of perfect love, for we offer to God the infinite love of Jesus. The Holy Name of Jesus disposes us to receive grace upon grace.The Holy Name of Jesus is an all-powerful prayer. Our Lord himself solemnly promises that whatever we ask the Father in his Name we shall receive. God never fails to keep his word. When we say, Jesus, let us ask God for all we need with absolute confidence of being heard.
May God bless you and keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. So shall the Lord put his name upon his people. Num. 6:22-27
God bless you,
In Christ Jesus through Mary and St. Dominic,
My heart is indebted to your's,
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