Saturday, January 06, 2007

Bishop Roche condemns abuse of the Holy Name

Current status: encouragement to Bishop Roche, please, particularly from members of his diocese (Leeds). The only 'contact' on the diocesan website is that of the 'Communications Director', who will presumably forward correspondance:

The standard act of reparation for abuse of the Holy Name is to say the Litany of the Holy Name; we recommend this to our readers.

From The Universe: The Bishop of Leeds Arthur Roche has warned Catholics not to become complacent to the anti-Christianism infecting the nation's everyday life. In his New Year pastoral letter, the bishop said that he had been 'appalled' at the abuse of Jesus' name on television over Christmas.

'It was if my television set had been infested with anti-Christian and deeply disrespectful and derogatory sentiments,' he said. 'Yet, as St Paul reminds us: God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

He added: 'There is an ease and a carelessness today in which it is possible, without any resistance, to ridicule Jesus, his Church and his followers. The very first commandment teaches us not to take the name of the Lord in vain and Jesus himself taught us in the Our Father to honour the name of the Lord as holy. But Christians themselves must also guard against encouraging the use of such language by ensuring that they themselves do not fall into the same trap. The blasphemous abuse of the holy name of Jesus is something that can infest our own vocabulary because of it is so constantly and so flippantly used in every day speech,' he added. 'It is so easy to imbibe something that is poisonous to our own love for Jesus and the respect due to his name as if it didn't matter. We should do all we cannot to fall into that trap. It would be a timely New Year's resolution if we were to resolve to resist in our own everyday speech any abuse of his name. When many of us were at primary school we were taught to bow our heads when the name of Jesus was spoken. It would be a timely moment to re-establish that practice of reverence for the name, which is above all names. It would remind us of the honour and love due to the Saviour of the world who heroically died that we might have life.'

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen