Posted by: fvbcdm | May 20, 2014

Feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena (20 May 2014)

May 20th is the annual commemoration of Saint Bernardine of Siena, a Franciscan priest and preacher of the 15th century who had a very special devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. He even had cards made with the name of Our Lord inscribed on them, and distributed them to people for their veneration. He preached against gambling with playing cards, and the playing card dealers complained that they were losing money. Well then, said Bernardine, make cards with Our Lord’s holy name on them and sell those to the people to whom I will preach. The card dealers did more business than ever before.

This devotion of Saint Bernardine to the name of our Lord reminds me of a beautiful saying of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, who once described the holy name of Our Lord as “honey in the mouth, music in the ear, a shout of gladness in the heart!” Even though the use of litanies has gone out of favor in recent years, there is a litany of the Holy Name of Jesus which we might well use in our personal prayer life. I’m sure you can find it in booklets or pamphlets in Catholic bookstores. It contains much food for thought and prayer in honoring Our Divine Lord and his Name. Let’s always be aware that the name of Jesus means “God is Savior” and was given to Our Lord by his heavenly Father. Both Our Lady and Saint Joseph were told very explicitly that they were to call the boy “Jesus” whom Our Lady was to conceive virginally, and Saint Joseph to take as his own son. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

 Note:  This message was composed some years ago

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