“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all
the earth” (
The second commandment enjoins respect for the
Lord’s name. The name of the Lord is holy.
The second commandment forbids every improper
use of God’s name. Blasphemy is the use of the name
of God, of Jesus Christ, of the Virgin Mary, and of the
saints in an offensive way.
False oaths call on God to be witness to a lie. Perjury
is a grave offence against the Lord who is always
faithful to his promises.
“Do not swear whether by the Creator, or any creature,
except truthfully, of necessity, and with reverence”
(St. Ignatius of Loyola,
In Baptism, the Christian receives his name in the
Church. Parents, godparents, and the pastor are to see
that he be given a Christian name. The patron saint
provides a model of charity and the assurance of his
The Christian begins his prayers and activities with
the Sign of the Cross: “in the name of the Father and
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
God calls each one by name (cf.