Catechesis against using the Lord’s Name vainly and cussing August 19, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture.
I grew up hearing a lot of bad language. It’s a bad habit I’ve always had a problem with. Generally I’m OK, but when I get excited the old ways tend to come back. In the internal forum there is much more cussing than there is in the external one. Fortunately, I have managed to almost totally eschew taking the Lord’s Name in a blasphemous or even vain way.
One time I had a blow up at work. I was really exasperated, and the queen mother of all cuss words flew out of my mouth. It wound up being funny, because my co-workers were all like “Oh no! Something really terrible must have happened, Larry never talks like that.” Unfortunately, they’re not quite right, I just tend to stay on my best behavior in public.
Yes, that’s me, Mr. Dudley Do-Right, a lonely beacon of restraint in a world full of car-crazies (if you can name the reference w/o looking it up, you win a free year’s subscription to this blog).
Now for the formal catechesis, from the Spirago-Clarke Catechism Explained. What some may not consider, is that even relatively innocent expressions like “Good Lord” can suffer abuse through overuse:
God prohibits everything which is a violation of the reverence due to His divine majesty; and in particular, taking the name of God in vain.
Many people have the habit of thoughtlessly exclaiming at every trifle that surprises them: “Good Lord! My God!” and the like. It is a bad habit; correct yourselves of it, and endeavor to correct others also, as it shows a want of due reverence for the name of God. Those who truly love God cannot stand by unmoved and hear His Holy Name profaned. This careless, flippant use of the Name of God or of any other sacred name is at least a venial sin. “Let not the naming of God be usual in thy mouth, for thou shalt not escape free from sin” (Eccl xxiii:10). “The Lord will not hold him guiltless that shall take the name of the Lord his God in vain” (Ex xx:7). “We take good care,” says St. John Chrysostom, “not to wear out our best clothes by putting them on every day; so we must beware lest we thoughtlessly utter the name of God, which is worthy of our profoundest reverence.”…….
Swearing. By this is meant the use of holy names in a moment of anger as an imprecation against certain persons or things.
Should the same mouth wherewith we pray, wherewith we receive the sacred Body of the Lord, be employed to curse our neighbor and offend against God?
A man who indulges in the bad habit of swearing commits many sins, and is in danger of eternal perdition.
The Fathers used to consider swearing as a sign of perdition. Those who curse shall perish (Ps xxxvi:22); they shall not possesss the Kingdom of God (1 Cor vi:10). Ordinary swearing is a venial sin, provided no serious evil is worked to one’s neighbor……..
Blasphemy. Of this sin those are guilty who revile God, His Saints, or speak contemptuously of objects connected with His worship.
Ungodly persons are often heard to utter bitter revilings against God, especially in time of suffering and affliction, as if they did not deserve the trials He sends them. It is blasphemy to speak scornfully of God, or of His actions; or to attribute to a creature what is the prerogative of the Creator……..God says by the mouth of the prophet: “My name is continually blasphemed all the day long” (Is lii:5). [What a terrible thought, but it is unfortunately all too true!] To speak contemptuously of holy places and things is a kind of blasphemy, as a reflection upon God, Whom we are told to praise in His holy places (Ps cl:1).
Sacrilege is another kind of blasphemy. This consists in putting to an improper and degrading use what pertains to the service of God.
The mutilation of statues or defacing of crucifixes is a sacrilege……..Again, those who receive the sacraments unworthily, who appropriate to themselves Church property, or who commit a theft in church, come under the same condemnations. It is said that Jews and freemasons have sometimes obtained consecrated Hosts, which they subjected to horrible profanations,. Such conduct is simply satanic. [Think of the iconoclastic wreckovation of so many parishes over the past several decades. How offensive to God the deliberate and wanton destruction of so many beautiful works of art and aspects of Church architecture all this was!]
Another bit on the masons: In the present day freemasons bind themselves by oath not to express any desire to receive the last sacraments on their death bed. Such oaths are sinful, and highly displeasing to God.