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The Wonders of the Holy Name – Fr Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. – “Revealing the Simplest Secret Ever of Holiness and Happiness.” Final Part – 24 July

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The Awful Crime of Ingratitude:

We thank our friends most effusively for any
little favour they do us but we forget or neglect to
thank God for His immense love of us, for becoming
man for us, for dying for us, for all the Masses we
can hear and the Holy Communions we can receive
– and do not receive.   What black ingratitude!

By repeating often the Name of Jesus we correct
this grave fault and thank God and give Him great
glory and joy.
Do you not wish to give joy to God?   You do.
Then dear friend thank, thank God.   He is waiting
for your thanks.
God loves each one.
We have said that Our Lord in the dreadful
sufferings of His Passion, in the Agony in the
Garden, when He was hanging on the Cross, saw
us all and offered for each one every pang of pain,
every drop of His Precious Blood.
Can it be possible that God is so good that He
thinks of each one, that He loves each of us so
much?
Our poor hearts and minds are small and mean
and find it hard to believe that God can be so
good, that He troubles Himself about us.
But God, as He is Omnipotent, as He is infinitely
wise, He is also infinitely good and generous
and loving.   To understand how God thought of
each one of us in the Passion, when He was hanging
on the Cross, we have only to remember what happens
in the millions of Holy Communions received
every day.
God comes to each one of us with all the
plenitude of the Divinity;  He enters into each one
as fully and entirely as He is in Heaven.   He comes
into each one as if that one were the only one who
received him that day.   He comes with infinite,
personal love.   That we all believe.
And how does He enter into us?   He does not
merely come into our mouths, our hearts, He comes
into our souls, He unites Himself to our souls so
intimatelv that He becomes one with us.
Let us think for a moment of how the Great,
Almighty, Eternal God is in our very soul in the
most intimate possible way, that He is there with
all His infinite love, that He remains there and
this not once but every morning if we so wish.
If we think and understand this it will be easy
to see how He offered all His merits and all His
sufferings for each one.

The Devil:

The great, great evil, the great danger that
threatens each of us every day and every night
of our lives is the Devil.
St Peter and St Paul warn us in the strongest
language to beware of the Devil, for he is using
all his tremendous power, his mighty intelligence
to ruin us, to harm, to hurt us in every way.
There is no danger, no enemy in the World we
have to fear as we should fear the Devil.
He cannot attack God so he turns all his implacable
hate and malice against us.
We are destined to take the thrones he and the
other Angels have lost.   This lashes him into wild
fury against us.   Many foolish, ignorant Catholics
never think of this;  they take no care to defend
themselves and so allow the Devil to inflict on them
infinite harm and cause them untold sufferings.
Our best, onr easiest remedy is the Name of
Jesus.   It drives the Devil flying from our sides
and saveS us from countless evils.
Oh dear readers say constantly this all-powerful
Name and the Devil can do you no harm.   Say it
in all dangers, in all temptations.   Wake up if
you have been asleep.   Open your eyes to the terrible
enemy who is ever seeking your ruin.
Priests should preach frequently on this all-important
subject.  They should warn their penitents
in the confessional against the Devil.   They counsel
them to avoid bad companions, who make them
lead bad lives.   Incomparably more dreadful is the
influence of the Devil on them.
Teachers, Catechists and Mothers should constantly
warn their children against the Devil.
All their efforts will be only too little.

Lord Jesus, I love You with all my heart and soul, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Amen

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The Wonders of the Holy Name – Fr Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. – “Revealing the Simplest Secret Ever of Holiness and Happiness.” Part Fourteen – 23 July

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We can ask for everything in the Name of Jesus.

The Angels are our dearest and best friends and
are most ready and able to help us in every difficulty and danger.
It is most regrettable that many Catholics do not
know, love and ask the Angels for help.  The
easiest way is to say the Name of Jesus is in n their
honour.  This gives them the greatest joy.  They
in return will help us in all our troubles and keep
us safe from many dangers.
Let us say the Name of Jesus in honour of all
the Angels but especially in honour of our dear
Angel Guardian who loves us so much.

Our Sweet Lord is present in millions of
Consecrated Hosts in the countless Churches
of the World.
During many hours of the busy day and during
the long nights He is forgotten and left alone.
We can do much to console and comfort Him by
saying: My Jesus I love and adore You in all the
Consecrated Hosts of the World and I thank You
with all my heart for remaining on all the altars
of the World for love of us. Then say twenty,
fifty or more times the Name of Jesus with this
intention.
We may do most perfect penance for our sins
by offering the Passion and Blood of Jesus many
times each day for this intention.
The Precious Blood purifies our souls and raises
us to a high degree of holiness. It is all so
easy! We have only to repeat lovingly, joyfully,
reverently Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.

If we are sad, or cast down, if we are worried
with fears and doubts this Divine Name will give
us a delightful peace.  If we are weak and wavering
it will give us a new strength and energy.
Did not Jesus, when on Earth, go about consoling
and comforting all those who were unhappy?  He
is still doing it every day for those who ask Him.
If we are suffering from weak health, if we are
in pain, if some disease is taking hold of our poor
bodies, He can cure us.  Did He not cure the sick,
the lame, the blind, the lepers? Does He not say
to us: “Come to me all you who labour and are
heavily burdened and I will refresh you”.  Many
could have good health if they only asked Jesus
for it.  By all means consult doctors, use remedies,
but above all call on Jesus.
The Name of Jesus is the shortest, the easiest,
the most powerful of all prayers. Our Lord tells
us that anything we ask the Father in His Name,
viz. in the Name of Jesus, we shall receive. Everytime
we say Jesus we are saying a fervent prayer
for all, all we need.

The Souls In Purgatory:

It is very lamentable that so many Christians
forget and neglect the souls in Purgatory.
It is possible that some of our dear friends
are suffering in these dreadful fires waiting.
waiting for our prayers and help which we could
so easily give them and do not give them.
We have pity for the poor whom we see in the
streets, for the hungry and for all those who suffer.
None suffer so terribly as the souls in Purgatory.
for the fire of Purgatory as St. Thomas tells us is
the same as the fire of Hell!
How often, dear reader, do you pray for the holy
souls?  Days and weeks and perhaps months pass
and you do little, perhaps nothing for them!
You can easily help them if you say frequently
the Name of Jesus.
Because:
a) you thus offer for them the Precious Blood
and sufferings of Jesus Christ as we have explained;
b) also you gain every time you say Jesus 300 days Indulgence.
Having the custom of repeating often the Holy
Name you can like St. Mechtilde relieve thousands
of souls, who will never cease praying for
you with incredible fervour.

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The Wonders of the Holy Name – Fr Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. – “Revealing the Simplest Secret Ever of Holiness and Happiness.” Part Thirteen – 22 July

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The Doctrine of the Holy Name contd

The Passion:

The second meaning of the word Jesus is –
Jesus-dying-on-the-Cross for St. Paul tells us that our
Lord merited this most Holy Name by His sufferings
and death.
Therefore when we say Jesus we should also
wish to offer the Passion and Death of Our Lord
to the Eternal Father for His greater glory and
for our own intentions.
Just as Our Lord became man for each one of
us, as if that one were the only one in existence,
so He died not for all men in general but for
each one in particular.   When He was hanging
on the Cross He saw me, He saw you, dear reader, –

and offered every pang of dreadful agony, every
drop of His Precious Blood, all His humiliations,
all the insults and outrages for me, for you, for
each one of us.   He has given us all these infinite
merits as our very own.   We may offer them
hundreds and hundreds of times every day to
the Eternal Father for ourselves and for the WorId.
We do this every time we say Jesus.   At the
same time let us wish to thank Our Lord for all
He has suffered for us.
It is appalling that many Christians know so
little of this Holy Name and all that it means. As
a result they are losing every day precious graces
and forfeiting the greatest rewards in Heaven.
Sad, deplorable ignorance!

How to share in 500.000 Masses:

The third intention we ought to have when
saying Jesus is to offer all the Masses that are
being said all over the World for the glory of God,
for our own needs and for the World at large.
About 500.000+ Masses are celebrated daily.   And
we can and should share in all these.
The Mass is Jesus.  He once more becomes man,
renews the Incarnation in every Mass as really as
when He became man in His mother’s womb.  He
also dies on the Altar as really and truly as He
died on Calvary.   The Mass is said not only for
all those who assist at it in Church but for all those
who wish to hear it and offer it with the priests.
All we have to do is to say reverently Jesus.
Jesus with the intention of offering these Masses
and participating in them.   By doing this we have
a share in all of them.
It is a wonderful grace to assist at and to offer
one Mass;  what will it not be to offer and share in
500.000 Masses every day!
Therefore every time we say Jesus, let it
be our intention.
1. To offer to God all the infinite. love
and merits of the Incarnation.
2. To offer to God the Passion and Death
of Jesus Christ.
3. To offer to God all the 500.000
Masses being celebrated in the World
for His glory and our own intentions.
All that we have to do is to say the one word
Jesus but knowing what we are doing.

St Mechtilde was accustomed to offer the Passion
of Jesus in union with all the Masses of the
World for the souls in Purgatory.
Our Lord once showed her Purgatory open and
thousands of souls going up to Heaven as the
result of her little prayer.
When we say Jesus we can offer the Passion
and the Masses of the World either for ourselves
or for the souls in Purgatory or for any other
intention we please.
We should always. too, offer them for the World
at large and our own country in particular.

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The Wonders of the Holy Name – Fr Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. – “Revealing the Simplest Secret Ever of Holiness and Happiness.” Part Twelve – 21 July

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The Doctrine of the Holy Name contd:

The Incarnation
God became man for love of us but what does
it avail us if we do not understand this love.
God the Infinite, Immense, Eternal, all-powerful,
God, the mighty Creator, the God that fills Heaven
with His Majesty hid all His power, His Majesty,
His greatness and became a little child in order
to become like us and so to gain our love.
He entered into the pure womb of the Virgin
Mary and there lay hidden for nine whole months.
Then He was born in a stable between two
animals.   He was weak and defenseless like every
child.    He was poor and humble.   He passed 33
years working, suffering, praying, teaching His
beautiful Religion, working miracles, doing good
to all.   He did all this to prove His love for each
of us and so constrain us to love Him.
This stupendous act of love was so great that
not even the highest Angels in Heaven could
have conceived it possible had not God revealed
it to them.
It was so great that the Jews, God’s chosen
people, who were expecting a saviour were
scandalised at the thought that God could humble
Himself so much.
The Gentile Philosophers, notwithstanding their
vaunted wisdom, said that it was madness to think
that the Almighty God could do so much for love
of man.
St. Paul says that God exhausted all His power,
wisdom and goodness in becoming man for us,
“He emptied Himself out.”
Our Lord confirms the words of the Apostle for
He says: “What more could I do?”
All this God did not do for all men in general but
for each one of us in particular.   Think; think
of this.
Do you believe, do you understand. dear reader,
that God loves you so much, that He loves you
so intimately, so personally?   What a joy, what
a consolation if you really knew and felt that the
great God loves you – you so sincerely.
He has done still more for He has made over
to us all His infinite merits so that we can offer
them to the Eternal Father as often as we like, a
hundred, a thousand times a day.
And that is what we can do each time we
say Jesus, if only we remember what we are
saymg.
A Doctrine, you may have never heard it before?
But now at least that you know the infinite
wonders of the Name of Jesus say this Holy
Name constantly, say it devoutly.
And in future when you say Jesus remember that
you are offering to God all the infinite love and
merits of His Son.   You are offering Him His own
Divine Son, You cannot offer Him anything holier,
anything better, anything more pleasing to Him,
anything more meritorious for yourself .
How ungrateful are those Christians who never
thank God for all He has done for them.   Men
and women live 30, 50, 70 years and never think
of thanking God for all His wonderful love.
When you say the Name of Jesus remember, too,
to thank Our Sweet Lord for His Incarnation.
When He was on Earth He cured ten lepers of
their loathsome disease.   They were delighted and
went away full of joy and happiness but only one
came back to thank Him!   He was very hurt and
said: “Where are the other nine?”
Has He not much more reason to feel grieved
and hurt with you and me who thank Him so
little for all He has done for us in the Incarnation
and in His Passion.
St. Gertrude was wont to thank God often with
a little ejaculation for His goodness in becoming
man for her.   Our Lord appeared to her one day
and said:  “My dear Child every time you honour
my Incarnation with that little prayer I turn to
my Eternal Father and I offer all the merits of
the Incarnation for you and for all those who do
as you do”.
Shall we not then try to say often Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus sure of receiving a like wonderful grace.

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The Wonders of the Holy Name – Fr Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. – “Revealing the Simplest Secret Ever of Holiness and Happiness.” Part Eleven – 20 July

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The Doctrine of the Holy Name:

We shall now explain the doctrine of the Holy
Name – the most important chapter in this booklet
– in order to show our readers whence comes
the power and the divine value of this Name and
how the Saints worked their wonders with it and
how we ourselves can obtain by its means every
grace and blessing.
You may ask, dear reader, how it is that one
word can work such prodigies?
I answer that with a word God made the World.
With His word He called out of nothing the Sun,
the Moon, the Stars, the high .Mountains and the
vast Oceans.   By His word He sustains the whole
Universe.
Does not the priest, too, in Holy Mass, work a
prodigy of prodigies, does He not transform the
little white host into the God of Heaven and
Earth by the words of Consecration and though
God alone can pardon sin, does not the priest also
in the confessional pardon the blackest sins and
the most awful crimes?
How? because God gives to His words this infinite
power.
So, too, God in His immense goodness gives to
each of us an all -powerful word with which
we can do wonders for Him, for ourselves and for
the World.   That word is Jesus.
Remember what St. Paul tells us about It.
That it is “a Name above all Names” and that:
“In the Name of Jesus every knee shall bend in
Heaven, on Earth and in Hell”.
But why?
Because Jesus signifies God-made-man – viz the
Incarnation.  When the Son of God became man
He was called Jesus so that when we say Jesus
we offer to the Eternal Father the infinite love,
the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, in a word, we
offer Him His own Divine Son Himself, we offer
Him the great mystery of the Incarnation.   Jesus
is the Incarnation.
How few Christians have any adequate idea of
this sublime mystery and yet it is the greatest
proof that God has given or could give us of His
personal love for us.   It is everything to us.

 

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The Wonders of the Holy Name – Fr Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. – “Revealing the Simplest Secret Ever of Holiness and Happiness.” Part Ten – 19 July

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The Saints and the Holy Name contd.

Blessed Gonzalo de Amarante:  reached a very
eminent degree of sanctity by the frequent repetition
of the Holy Name.

The Blessed Giles of Santarem:  felt so much
love and delight in saying the Holy Name that he
was raised in the air in ecstasy.
Those who repeat frequently the Name of Jesus
feel a great peace in their souls “that peace which
the World cannot give”, which God alone gives,
a peace “that surpasses all understanding”.

St Leonard of Portmaurlce:  cherished a tender
devotion to the Name of Jesus and in his continual
missions taught the people who thronged to
listen to him the wonders of the Holy Name.
This he did with such love that tears flowed from
his eyes and from the eyes of all who heard him.
He begged them to put a card with this Divine
Name on their doors.   This was attended with the
happiest results for many were thus saved from
sickness and disasters of various kinds.
One, unfortunately, was prevented from doing
so as a Jew who was part-owner of the house in
which he lived sternly refused to have the Name
of Jesus placed on the door.   His fellow lodger then
decided that he would write it on his windows,
which he accordingly did.   Some days after a
fierce fire broke out in the building which destroyed
all the appartments belonging to the Jew while
the rooms belonging to his Christian neighbour in
no wise suffered from the conflagration.
This fact was made public and increased a
hundred fold the faith and trust in the Holy Name
of Our Saviour.   In fact the whole city of Ferrajo
was a witness of this extraordinary protection.

St Edmund:  had special devotion to the Name
of Jesus which Our Lord Himself taught him.
One day when he was in the country and separated
from his companions a beautiful child stood
by him and asked: “Edmund do you not know
me?”   Edmund replied that he did not.    Then
replied the child:  “Look at me and you will see
who I am.”   Edmund looked as he was bidden
and saw written on the Child’s forehead:  “Jesus
of Nazareth. King of the Jews” “Know now who
I am” said the child “every night make the sign
of the cross and say these. words: “Jesus of Nazareth
King of the Jews.”   “If you do so this
prayer will deliver you and all who say it from
sudden and unprovided-for deaths.”
Edmund faithfully did as Our Lord told him.
The devil once tried to prevent him and held his
hands so that he could not make the holy sign.
Edmund invoked the Name of Jesus and the devil
fled in terror leaving him unmolested for the
future.
Many people practise this easy devotion and so
save themselves from unhappy deaths.   Others
with their forefinger imprint with holy water on
their foreheads the four letters I. N. R. I. to signify
Jesus Nazarenus Rex Judeorum. the words
written by Pilate for the cross of Our Lord.
St Alphonsus earnestly recommends both these
devotions.

St Frances of Rome:  enjoyed the extraordinary
privilege of constantly seeing and speaking to her
Angel Guardian.   When she pronounced the Name
of Jesus the Angel was radiant with happiness and
bent down in loving adoration.
Sometimes the devil dared to appear to her
seeking to frighten her and do her harm.   But
when she pronounced the Holy Name he was filled
with rage and hatred and fled in terror from her
presence.

St Jane of Chantal:  that most lovable friend
of St. Francis de Sales, had many beautiful devotions
taught her by this holy Doctor who acted
as her spiritual adviser for many years.   She so
loved the Name of Jesus that she actually wrote
it with a hot iron on her breast.

Blessed Henry Suso – had done the same with a pointed steel
rod.

We may not aspire to this holy daring, we may
with reason lack the courage of inscribing the
Holy Name on our breasts.   This needs a special
inspiration from God.   But we may follow the
example of another dear St B. Catherine of
Racconigi, a daughter of St. Dominic, who repeated
frequently and lovingly the Name of Jesus so
that after her death the Name of Jesus was found
engraved in letters of gold on her heart.   We
all can do as she did and thus the Name of Jesus
will be emblazoned on our souls for all Eternity
in sight of the Saints and Angels in Heaven.

St Gemma Galganl:   Almost in our own days this
dear girl Saint also had the privilege of frequent
and intimate converse with her Angel Guardian.
Sometimes the Angel and Gemma entered into a
holy contest as to which of them could say more
lovingly the Name of Jesus.

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The Saints and the Holy Name contd

St Francis of Asslsi:  that burning Seraph of
love found his delights in repeating the loved Name
of Jesus.   St. Bonaventure says that his face lit
up with joy and his voice showed by its tender
accents how much he loved to invoke this all-Holy
Name.
No ‘wonder then that he received on his hands
and feet and side the marks of the Five Wounds
of Our Lord, a reward of his burning love.

St Ignatius of Loyola:  was second to none in
his love for the Holy Name.   He gave to his great
Order not his own name but called it the Society
of Jesus.   This Divine Name has been, as it
were a shield and defence of the · Order against
its enemies and a guarantee of the holiness and
sanctity of its members.   Glorious, indeed is the
great Society of Jesus.  And now, our present Holy Father , too is a Jesuit.

St Francis de Sales:   has no hesitation in saying
that those who have the custom of repeating
the Holy Name frequently may feel certain of
dying a holy and happy death.
And, indeed, there can be no doubt of this
because every time we say Jesus we apply the
saving Blood of Jesus to our Souls, at the same
time we implore God, to do as He has promised,
granting us everything we ask in His Name.   All
who desire a holy death can secure it by repeating
the Name of Jesus.   Not only will this practice
obtain for us a holy death but it will lessen
notably our time in Purgatory and may very possibly
deliver us altogether from that dreadful fire.
Many saints spent their last days repeating
constantly Jesus, Jesus.
ALL the doctors of the Church agree in telling
us that the devil reserves his fiercest temptations
for our last moments and then he fills the minds
of the dying person with doubts, fears and
dreadful temptations in the hope of, at last,
carrying the unfortunate . soul to Hell.   Happy
those who in life have made sure of acquiring
the habit of calling on the Name of Jesus.
Facts like these we have just mentioned are to
be found in the 1ives of all the great servants of
God who became saints and reached the highest
degrees of sanctity by this simple and easy
means.
St Vincent Ferrer:  one of the most famous
preachers that the World has ever seen, converted
the most abandoned criminals and transformed
them into the most fervent Christians.   He converted
80000 Jews, and 70000 Moors, a prodigy
we read of in the life of no other saint.   He
worked an incredible number of miracles.  Three
miracles are demanded by the Church for the
canonisation of the saints, whereas in the bull of
canonisation of St. Vincent 873 are mentioned.
This great saint burned with love for the Name
of Jesus and with this Divine Name worked
extraordinary wonders. .
We, therefore, sinful as we are, can with this
Omnipotent Name obtain every favour and every
grace.   The weakest mortals become strong, the
most afflicted find in it consolation and joy.
Who then can be so foolish or negligent as not
to acquire the habit of repeating Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
constantly.   It robs us of no time, presents no
difficulty and is an infallible remedy for every evil.