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The Saints and the Holy Name:
All the Saints had an immense love for and
trust in the Name of Jesus. They saw in this
Name as in a clear vision all the love of Our Lord,
all His Power, all the beautiful things He said
and did when on Earth.
They did all their wonderful works in the Name
of Jesus. They worked miracles, cast out devils,
cured the sick and gave comfort to everyone using
and recommending to all the habit of invoking
the Holy Name. St. Peter and the Apostles converted
the World with this all-powerful Name.
The Prince of the Apostles began his glorious
career preaching the love of Jesus to the Jews in
the streets, in the Temple, in their synagogues.
His first striking miracle occurred when he was
going into the Temple with St. John. A lame man,
well known to the Jews who frequented the Temple
stretched out his hand expecting to receive an alms.
St. Peter said to him: “Gold and silver I have not
but what I have I willingly give thee. In the
Name of Jesus get up and walk”. .
And instantly the lame man bounded to his
feet and danced for joy.
The Jews were astonished but the great Apostle
said to them: “Why your wonder and surprise
as if we made this man sound by our
own power. No, it is by the power of Jesus that
this man walks”.
Innumerable times since the days of the Apostle
has the Name of Jesus been glorified.
We will quote a few of these countless examples
which show us how the Saints derived all their
strength and consolation from the Name of Jesus.
St. Paul was in a very special way the preacher
and doctor of the Holy Name. At first he was a
fierce persecutor of the Church, moved by a false
zeal and hatred for Christ. Our Lord appeared
to him on the road to Damascus and converted
him, making him the great Apostle of the Gentiles
and giving him his glorious mission which was to
preach and make known His Holy Name to Princes
and Kings, to Jews and Gentiles, to all nations
St. Paul filled with a burning love for Our Lord
began his great mission uprooting paganism,
casting down the false idols, confounding the
Philosophers of Greece and Rome, fearing no enemies
and conquering all difficulties, all, all in the
Name of Jesus.
St. Thomas of Aquinas says of him: “St Paul bore
the Name of Jesus on his forehead because he
gloried in proclaiming it to all men, he bore it on
his lips because he loved to invoke it, on his hands
for he loved to write it in his epistles, in his feet
because he carried it every where, in his heart for
his heart burned with love of it. He tells us
himself: “I live, yet not I but Christ liveth