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Chapter 26. Second Commandment: Reverence God’s Name • 355

At the same time, we recognize diminished culpability when the

name of God is used because of an outburst of undisciplined speech

due to passion or unexpected incitement to anger. We need to cultivate

a persistent reverence for sacred names; if we do not, we can end up

giving bad example and also fall into the sin of blasphemy. It should

also be noted that in Scripture, the sometimes passionate language of

the Prophets, in which they lament the troubles of their times and utter

loud complaints to God, is not blasphemy or the taking of God’s name

in vain. It is actually prayer addressed to God.

We are forbidden to use God’s name to witness a perjury or false

oath, thereby using him to approve our lie.

God’s name has been invoked to justify unjust wars and terrorism,

slaughter enemies, and impose unwarranted power over others. Many

1. What does the Second Commandment ask of us?

The second commandment

prescribes respect for the Lord’s


e. Like the first commandment, it belongs to the vir-

tue of religion and more particularly it governs our use of

speech in sacred matters. (CCC, no. 2142)

2. Name one act forbidden by the Second Commandment.

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. (CCC, no. 2162)

3. Why is our baptismal name important?

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 pro-

vides a model of charity and the assurance of his prayer.

(CCC, no. 2165)