The Great Prayer In Reparation for Blasphemy

In 1843, a simple woman from Rennes, said to be possessed of few natural endowments, was favored by God and enriched with the gifts of grace. Her name was Marie de Saint-Pierre. She was sweet, cordial, pious and simple, and God favored her with this prayer:

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable Name of God
be praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified
in Heaven, on Earth, and under the Earth,
by all the creatures of God,
and by the Sacred Heart of
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
in the most holy Sacrament of The Altar.

Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena

Saint Padre Pio often said the Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena for people who requested his prayers. This is such a powerful prayer that it is only right to reproduce it in full here.  Pray this entire prayer each day for nine consecutive days.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…… (here name your request)
Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.”
II. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…….(here name your request)
Our Father…Hail Mary….Glory Be To the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…..(here name your request)
Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.

Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.
– St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Is saying “OMG” wrong?

How many times has each of us, when startled perhaps, burst out with “Oh My G-d?”

A friend of mine once asked her priest in confession whether this was a sin or not. The priest said something about there was no intent to misuse or abuse the name of God involved, so he didn’t think it was a sin.

Now, I am definitely not a priest, nor do I have all that priestly training. But I do feel strongly reverent about the name of God. So I am wondering if all priests feel that way. Here’s a link to an excellent article by another priest who feels we risk blasphemy when we use His name in vain. Is he right and the first priest is wrong? Is lack of intent to abuse His name enough to get us off “the sin hook?”

I suspect there’s a bit of truth in both positions. For me, I find it best to always go out of my way to avoid even the tiniest risk of abusing God’s name (or the name of Jesus, as well). I don’t always succeed, and that’s just one more proof that I am a sinful man In great need of His forgiveness and grace.

I know…substituting “oh my gosh” just doesn’t seem to do the trick, either. But it probably beats the other version. Especially if that other version turns out to be wrong.

What do you think?

Litany to The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Jesus

Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

God our Father in heaven
have mercy on us Read the rest of this entry

Using God’s Name In Vain: Penalties?

How quickly so many of us have forgotten the Third Commandment:  Thou shalt not take The Name of the Lord your God in vain.  We learned that commandment in early grade school. But somehow, we have come to insert this Sacred Name into our daily speech as though it were not the Name of the august Creator, but a part of our grammar. Read the rest of this entry