I mentioned once in a Reflection that I would consider writing a post all about the Holy Name of Jesus, and being that today is the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, there’s no better day to do so.
For those of us who were born and raised in the Church, we’ve repeated the Holy Name of Jesus since childhood without any idea of the great power and wonders it possesses.
What exactly do we know about it? Well, we know that it is the name of our Blessed Lord and that it is a holy name deserving reverence. Really, it’s not a whole lot. That’s like glancing at the cover of a great book and having no idea of the treasured contents hidden inside it.
In truth, the Divine Name is full of riches of the highest holiness, and the secret of the greatest happiness on earth. It is so powerful, so certain, that it never fails to create the most wonderful results in our souls. It consoles the saddest heart and makes the weakest sinner strong. It obtains for us many favors and graces, both temporal and spiritual. We’d do well to understand its value and meaning, and get into the habit of saying it devoutly and frequently.
The Holy Name is an all-powerful prayer. Our Blessed Lord Himself solemnly promised that whatever we ask the Father in His Name we shall receive.
“Whatever you ask in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” [John 14:13-14]
“In truth I tell you once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or more meet in my name, I am there among them.” [Matthew 18:19-20]
God always keeps His promises. Therefore, when we say “Jesus” let us ask God for all we need with complete confidence. It’s for this reason why the Church ends her prayer with the words “through Jesus Christ.” It gives the prayer a new and divine efficacy. But the power of the Holy Name doesn’t stop there.
Each time we say, “Jesus,” we give God infinite joy and glory, for we offer Him all the infinite merits of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.
Each time we say, “Jesus,” let us offer to God all the Masses being said everywhere for all our intentions. By doing so, we then share in these thousands of Masses.
Each time we say, “Jesus,” we gain 300 days indulgence, which we may apply to the souls in Purgatory, relieving and freeing many holy souls from their suffering. They then become our best friends and pray fervently for us.
Each time we say, “Jesus,” it is an act of perfect love, for we offer to God the infinite love of Jesus.
The Holy Name of Jesus saves us from innumerable evils and delivers us from the power of the devil, who is always seeking to harm us.
The Name of Jesus gradually fills our souls with a peace and joy we never had before.
The Name of Jesus gives us such strength that our sufferings become light and easier to bear.
“Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.” [Matthew 11:28-29]
St. Paul tell us that in all we do, whether in work or words, we must do in the Name of Jesus. In this way, every act becomes one of love and merit, and we receive the grace and help to do all of our works more perfectly and well.
…and whatever you say or do, let it be in the name of the Lord Jesus, in thanksgiving to God the Father through him. [Colossians 3:17]
We should do our best to form the habit of saying, “Jesus,” often every day. In the morning when we prepare for our day, during our work, in moments of sadness or stress, at home, in the street. Anywhere at any time of the day, as many times as possible.
Remember every time we say, “Jesus,” devoutly:
- We give God great glory.
- We receive graces for ourselves.
- We help the holy souls in Purgatory.
Here are some examples from history demonstrating the power of the Holy Name of Jesus.
The Holy Name Saves the World from Danger
In the year 1274 great evils threatened the world as the Church was assailed by fierce enemies within and without. So bad, in fact, that Pope Gregory X, called a council of Bishops in Lyons to decide on the best means of saving society from the disrepair that menaced it. After much deliberation, the Pope and Bishops chose what they considered the simplest and most effective of all, the frequent repetition of the Holy Name of Jesus.
The Holy Father pleaded the Bishops of the world and their priests to call on the Name of Jesus, and to urge their people to place all of their confidence in His all-powerful Name, repeating it fervently with great trust. The Pope entrusted the Dominicans with the task of preaching the miracles of the Holy Name in the world, which they accomplished with vigor and dedication.
The Franciscans followed suit as St. Bernadine of Siena and St. Leonard of Port Maurice were ardent apostles of the Holy Name. Their efforts resulted in great success; the enemies of the Church were overthrown, the dangers that threatened society disappeared, and peace once more reigned.
A great lesson is to be noted for us because in these our own days, many sufferings and fierce evils are suffocating many nations. No government(s) are strong and intelligent enough to halt this torrent of evils. The only remedy is prayer.
All Christians, with no exceptions, must turn to God and ask Him for mercy on us. The easiest of all prayers is the Name of Jesus. We all can invoke this Holy Name as many times as possible a day, for our own intentions, and also to ask God to deliver the world from impending evil.
A simple prayer can be as powerful as atomic energy. Prayer can save societies and countries, families and strangers.
December 2, 2016 – “That is why, you my children, apostles of my love, with soul and heart invoke the name of my Son.”
The Plague In Lisbon
In 1432, a devastating plague occurred in Lisbon. With terror, people tried to flee from the city only to carry the plague all over Portugal. Men, women, and children of all classes were struck with the cruel sickness. The epidemic was so lethal that people died everywhere, in the streets, homes, markets, and churches. It was also insanely contagious that even doctors, priests, and nurses were carried off in such numbers. So bad that many streets were filled with unburied bodies, leaving the stray animals to become infected as well as spreading it even further.
Among the people who assisted the dying was venerable bishop, Monsignor Andre Dias, who lived in the Monastery of St. Dominic. Seeing that the epidemic was only growing every day, and despairing of human help, he urged the suffering people to call on the Holy Name of Jesus. Monsignor Dias was seen wherever the sickness was fiercest, urging, imploring the sick, dying, and even those who had not yet been stricken down, to repeat, “Jesus, Jesus.”
“Write it on cards,” he said, “and keep those cards on your persons; place them at night under your pillows; place them on your doors; but above all, constantly invoke with your lips and in your hearts this most powerful Name.”
He went about filling the sick and dying with peace, courage and confidence. The sufferers began to feel new life within them, and calling on Jesus, they wore the cards on their persons or kept them in their pockets.
Monsignor Dias summoned the people to the Church of St. Dominic, speaking to them about the power of the Holy Name and blessed water in the same Name, ordering all the people to sprinkle themselves with it and sprinkle it on the faces of the sick and dying.
Miracles soon followed! The sick got well, the dying arose from their agonies, the plague ended and the city was delivered in a few days from the worst scourge it ever experienced. The news spread throughout Portugal and all began to call on the Name of Jesus. In a short time the whole country was liberated from the dreaded epidemic.
Grateful, and mindful of the marvels they’d witnessed, the people continued their love and trust in the Name of our Blessed Lord, so when faced with any threat or danger, they invoked the Name of Jesus. Confraternities were formed in churches, processions of the Holy Name were made monthly, altars raised in honor of the Holy Name, so that the greatest curse ever fallen on Portugal was transformed into the greatest blessing.
St. Christiana & St. Gregory of Tours Invoke the Holy Name
We could probably fill this post with many, many more stories regarding the power of the Holy Name. Not just from the Saints, (all of them had immense love for the Holy Name of Jesus) but also with many other testimonies and miracles from people all over the world invoking the Holy Name. In conclusion, here’s two stories of the power of the invocation of the Divine Name from St. Christiana and St. Gregory of Tours.
A young Christian girl named Christiana was a slave in Kurdistan, a region almost entirely pagan. It was a custom in that country when a child became gravely ill that the mother would take it in her arms to the homes of her friends, asking them for a remedy that’d cure or help the little child.
On one occasion, a mother brought her sick child to the home of Christiana. When asked if she knew of a remedy for that sickness, she looked at the child and said, “Jesus, Jesus.”In an instant the dying child smiled and jumped with joy. The child was completely cured.
This extraordinary news soon reached the Queen, who was also ill, and summoned Christiana to her presence. On arriving at the palace, Christiana was asked if she could with the same remedy cure the Queen’s own disorder, which the doctors had no solution for. Once more Christiana pronounced with great confidence, “Jesus, Jesus,” and again the Divine Name was glorified. The Queen immediately recovered her health.
Some days after the cure of the Queen, the King found himself suddenly faced with impending death of which seemed impossible for him to escape. Remembering the divine power of the Holy Name, which he first witnessed in the cure of his wife, he called out, “Jesus, Jesus,” whereupon he was saved from peril. He learned from St. Christiana then the truths of Christianity, which he and a great multitude of his people embraced.
When St. Gregory was a boy his father fell gravely ill, and laid dying. Gregory prayed fervently for his father’s recovery, and he fell asleep one night, his Guardian Angel appeared to him and told him to write the Name of Jesus on a card and place it under his father’s pillow.
In the morning, Gregory told his mother what the Angel revealed to him, which she advised him to obey. Gregory did so, and placed the card under his father’s head, when, to the delight of the entire family, his father rapidly recovered.
The power of the most Holy Name of Jesus is one that should always be on our lips and in our hearts. It is a treasure trove of graces, and our Lord is just waiting to bestow them upon us.
Take to heart the words of the Holy Mother, the Angels, and Saints.
Invoke the Holy Name of Jesus!
And for this God raised him high, and gave him the name which is above all other names; so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [Philippians 2:9-11]