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Part Three

IN BRIEF

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“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all

the earth” (

Ps

8:1)!

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The second commandment enjoins respect for the

Lord’s name. The name of the Lord is holy.

2162

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.

2163

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.

2164

“Do not swear whether by the Creator, or any creature,

except truthfully, of necessity, and with reverence”

(St. Ignatius of Loyola,

Spiritual Exercises,

38).

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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

prayer.

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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.”

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God calls each one by name (cf.

Isa

43:1).