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Life in Christ

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The holiness of the divine name demands that we neither

use it for trivial matters, nor take an oath which on the basis of the

circumstances could be interpreted as approval of an authority

unjustly requiring it. When an oath is required by illegitimate civil

authorities, it may be refused. It must be refused when it is required

for purposes contrary to the dignity of persons or to ecclesial

communion.

III.

T

he

C

hristian

N

ame

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The sacrament of Baptism is conferred “in the name of the

Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

85

In Baptism, the

Lord’s name sanctifies man, and the Christian receives his name in

the Church. This can be the name of a saint, that is, of a disciple who

has lived a life of exemplary fidelity to the Lord. The patron saint

provides a model of charity; we are assured of his intercession. The

“baptismal name” can also express a Christian mystery or Chris­

tian virtue. “Parents, sponsors, and the pastor are to see that a name

is not given which is foreign to Christian sentiment.”

86

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The Christian begins his day, his prayers, and his activities

with the Sign of the Cross: “in the name of the Father and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” The baptized person dedicates the

day to the glory of God and calls on the Savior’s grace which lets

him act in the Spirit as a child of the Father. The sign of the cross

strengthens us in temptations and difficulties.

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God calls each one by name.

87

Everyone’s name is sacred.

The name is the icon of the person. It demands respect as a sign of

the dignity of the one who bears it.

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The name one receives is a name for eternity. In the king­

dom, the mysterious and unique character of each person marked

with God’s name will shine forth in splendor. “To him who con­

quers . . . I will give a white stone, with a new name written on the

stone which no one knows except him who receives it.”

88

“Then I

looked, and Lo, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him a

hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name and his

Father’s name written on their foreheads.”

89

85

Mt

28:19.

86 CIC, can. 855.

87 Cf.

Isa

43:1;

Jn

10:3.

88

Rev

2:17.

89

Rev

14:1.

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