In this picture, Our Lady of La Salette is crushed and overcome with grief. In an attitude of extreme sorrow, the Queen of Heaven does not stand in a regal manner. Rather, she sits, stooped and hunched, her hands covering her face, apparently drenched with tears. You’d wonder why.
In La Salette, France in the year 1846, Our Lady revealed two things causing her grief. First, the non-observance of Sunday as a day for the Lord. Second, the cursing and the use of the name of Jesus irreverently. These sins constitute an offense against God Himself. They bespeak of utter disregard of our Creator and the lack of reverence towards the name of Jesus.
Has the world changed since the appearance of Our Lady in La Salette in 1846? Well, the lone apparition of Our Lady sparked the transformation of many villages in France. But 165 years after, the world is no better it seems.
While it is not good to be pessimists because as Christians we should continue to hope and trust, we should not also hesitate to denounce the evils of our time. If you switch on the television set and watch the movies, you’d realize that “Oh my God!” and “Jesus Christ” have become mere expressions.
Many have forgotten with what love and respect we should say the name “Jesus”. The name “Jesus” is in fact such a powerful name that it is by that name that the Apostles healed people and worked wonders after the Master had ascended to Heaven. Witness Peter saying to a lame man, “In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarean, walk!” (Acts of the Apostles, 3: 1-6) .
Furthermore, if you read the section on Spiritual Warfare (pages 12-19), you would marvel at the power of the name of Jesus used in the Deliverance Prayer for casting out evil spirits:
In the Name of Jesus of Nazareth, through His tremendous power as God and through His most powerful and salvific Name, I rebuke, repudiate, bind and cast out all spirits not of the Holy Spirit. I command you, in the Name of Jesus, to depart right now from (state name of person or place) and go immediately and directly to the foot of the Cross and never to return.
How then can we say the Name of Jesus so casually, so nonchalantly, so disrespectfully?
Dear readers, as an act of reparation, do read prayerfully Psalm 8 found below. It should enkindle that respect, love and awe for our Creator. It should make us realize how holy and great is His name.
O Lord, our Lord,
how great is your name throughout the world!
In the heavens above,
your glory is praised in chants
from the mouths of children and infants.
You have built a rampart
against your foes to thwart
their vengeful plots and hostile acts.
When I observe the heavens,
all wrought by your hands,
the moon and the stars arrayed in a vault –
what is man that you should be mindful of him,
the son of man that you should care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works
of your hands;
You have put all things under his feet –
the sheep and the oxen
the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air,
the fishes of the sea,
and all that swim the paths of the ocean.
O Lord, our Lord,
how great is your name all over the world!
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