Names

Today, September 12th is the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary.

I’m taking a break from the Lourdes Series to write about something connected to this day: names.

I’ve recently become interested in this topic. (So much so that I keep an ongoing list of names that I like, and there are enough on the list for a small army!)

I enjoy learning the meaning of names. I also enjoy hearing about how they are chosen.

First, I’ll briefly explain the feast.

Then, I’ll share an explanation of the importance of names.

Finally, I’ll provide personal tips for choosing names.

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Saint Benedict the Holy Moor

While cleaning out my room recently, I came across an essay I wrote in sixth grade!

The sixth grade students of my school participated in a Diocesan wide essay contest. Each student was asked to research a saint or prominent Catholic of African ancestry and compare the person’s values with someone we knew.

Below is my article. I’ll explain why I’m sharing it with you at the end of the post.

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If We Love God, We Will Keep His Commandments

The Ten Commandments are laws that are meant to be followed. God created them for a reason. He’s not a forceful dictator who creates rules to make our lives difficult. He’s a loving Father who knows what’s best for His children.

We obey these laws because we love the Lord and desire to follow Him.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

The Second Commandment

The second commandment is: You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

Because of how frequently we hear God’s name being used in casual and disrespectful ways, I often wonder if people know of this commandment; know what it means; and know that we sin when we break it.

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The Holy Name of Jesus

The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus in the Roman Catholic Church. Today, January 3rd we observe the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.

Below is a beautiful prayer known as the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus.

Litanies are prayers containing a series of petitions and responses to God, the Blessed Mother and the saints. The word “litany” comes from the Greek word “lite” meaning prayer or supplication.

They are traditionally recited or sung during special Church celebrations and Masses. Some litanies can also be prayed privately.

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The Little Flower and One Small Rose

I have to tell you, I’m excited about this blog! I’m truly grateful for all of the support and encouragement I’ve received from family and friends. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is to me; so thank you!

Now for the explanation of the name. (I know, I know, you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat for this.) Once I felt that God was calling me to start a blog, one of my first thoughts was that I needed to choose a name.

I’m a perfectionist, so this sort of task would normally take me a long time to accomplish. I often don’t feel comfortable with a decision or action unless I feel it’s completed “perfectly” (which I know sounds ridiculous because “perfect” does not exist).

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