Fair warning: I've got a slight cold and, being the wimp that I am, am not suffering it gladly. So if this sounds a tad grouchy...tough.
I am bleeping sick and tired and tired and sick and, in addition, overwhelmingly weary of hearing or reading the name "Jesus" or "Christ" or "God" used in any manner other than in prayer, or in conversation about the Lord and His Kingdom.
So, I'm reading a novel, right?
And here's a bit of dialogue where one character says something like "Christ, I forgot!" (Or something like that.)
It is clear enough to me that the character is not talking to the Savior at all, as in "Christ, I forgot to pray for so-and-so and I'm really sorry about that." No. The character is upset that he or she neglected to turn off the oven or burglar alarm or forgot somebody's birthday or some foolishness, but there is no prayer or discussion involved here.
I hear it all the time and I'm sick of it.
"Jesus, did you see that shot?" (The speaker, I feel safe in assuming, is not asking the Lord if He witnessed a televised three-pointer.)
"Oh, Christ, what is it now?" (Is mother really impatiently taking the Messiah to task for bothering her? I think not.)
Or even "Good Lord in Heaven, what is wrong with you?" (Taken literally, this rhetorical -- one hopes -- question can be potentially awkward come Judgment Day, don't you think?)
The thing to do is think before speaking.
I don't believe that folks who take the Lord's Name in vain are evil. I really don't. I do think maybe they need to exersise their self-control, to say nothing of their brain cells, before speaking.
One way to avoid this stuff is to regularly repeat the Divine Praises. Pray them with me!
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.
May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.
Thank you! I feel better already.
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