st bernadine of siena“The name of Jesus is the glory of preachers, because the shining splendor of that name causes his word to be proclaimed and heard.”

— Saint Bernardine of Siena

In Australia today, those in the Latin Church may celebrate the optional memorial of the Holy Name of Jesus.

The patron of the parish in which I’m now located – Saint Bernardine of Siena – had a great devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, and spent his life making that Name known to others.

The name of Jesus is itself a powerful prayer.  To say his name is to become aware of his presence with us always.  His name casts out fear, and is powerful against demons.

We should examine ourselves to make sure that we only use his Holy Name with reverence and love.  Where his name is used carelessly we should root out that weed.

To reflect on Jesus’ name is a reminder that our own names are important.  The Lord says through the prophet, “I have called you by name; you are mine” (Is 43:1), and Jesus tells us to “rejoice that our names are written in heaven” (Lk 10:20).

Do something today to show your love for Our Lord, and his Holy Name.

A litany and chaplet of the Holy Name can be found here.

Text from a sermon of Saint Bernardine of Siena on the Holy Name can be found here.

Father,
you gave Saint Bernardine a special love
for the holy name of Jesus.
By the help of his prayers,
may we always be alive with the spirit of your love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.