Hector J. Ibarra's Talk on the
Holy Name of Jesus
Deacon Hector J. Ibarra
All of our prayers are offered for vocation around the world, in response
to the Most Rev. Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza' request for prayer. "For
which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which
is above all names: That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth."
This prayer it lovingly dedicated to the Sweet Mother of Jesus. No one
loves the name of Jesus as she does. It will give you much happiness,
and it will enable you to obtain from God wonderful graces and blessings.
The frequent repetition of this divine name will save you from much suffering
and great dangers. The world is now threatened with the direst calamities.
Each one of us can do much to save himself from the impending evils,
and we can do much to help the world, the Church and our Holy Father
the Pope, simply by repeating frequently, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus."
Divine Name is in truth a mine of riches; it is the fount of the highest
holiness and the secret of the greatest happiness that a man
can hope to enjoy on this earth. Read and see. It is so powerful, so
certain, that it never fails to produce in our souls the most wonderful
results. It consoles the saddest heart and makes the weakest sinner strong.
It obtains for us all kinds of favors and graces, spiritual and temporal.
things we must do. First of all, we must understand clearly the meaning and value
of the Name of Jesus. Secondly, we must get into the
habit of saying it devoutly, frequently, hundreds and hundreds of times
every day. Far from being a burden, it will be an immense joy and consolation.
When, therefore, we say, "Jesus," let us ask God for all we
need with absolute confidence of being heard. For this reason, the Church
ends her prayer with the words "through Jesus Christ," which
gives the prayer a new and divine efficacy. Each time we say, "Jesus," we
give God infinite joy and glory, for we offer Him all the infinite merits
of the Passion on Death of Jesus Christ. Each time we say, "Jesus" let
us clearly wish to offer God all the Masses being said all over the world
for all our intentions. We thereby share in these thousands of Masses.
Holy Name of Jesus saves us from innumerable evils and delivers us especially
from the power of the devil, who is constantly seeking
to do us harm. The Name of Jesus gradually fills our souls with a peace
and a joy we never had before. The Name of Jesus gives us such strength
that our sufferings become light and easy to bear. We must therefore
do our best to form the habit of saying, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus," very
often every day. We can do so when dressing, when working-no matter what
we are doing-when walking, in moments of sadness, at home and in the
Nothing is easier if only we
do it methodically. We can say it countless times every day. Bear in mind that
each time we
say, "Jesus," devoutly,
- We give God great glory
- We receive great graces for ourselves
- We help the souls in Purgatory. Every Christian must turn to God and ask Him to have mercy on us. The easiest of all prayers, as we have seen, is the Name of Jesus.
Everyone without exception can invoke this holy name hundreds of times a day,
not only for his own intentions, but also to ask God to deliver
the world from impending ruin. St. Paul was in a very special way the
preacher and doctor of the Holy Name. At first he was a fierce persecutor
of the Church. Our Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus and converted
him, making him the great Apostle of the Gentiles and giving him his
glorious mission, which was to preach and make known His Holy Name to
princes and kings, to Jews and Gentiles, to all nations and peoples.
Paul, filled with a burning love for Our Lord, began his great mission
— uprooting paganism, casting down the false idols, confounding
the philosophers of Greece and Rome, fearing no enemies and conquering
— all in the Name of Jesus. He tells us himself: "I live, yet not
I, but Christ, liveth in me." St. Paul tells us of the infinite
power of this Name. "In the Name of Jesus every knee shall bend
in Heaven, on Earth and in Hell." Every time we say, "Jesus," we
give infinite joy to God, to all Heaven, to God's Blessed Mother and
to the Angels and Saints. Secondly, he tells us how to use it. "Whatever
you do in word or in work - do all in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ." He
adds: Whether you eat or whether you drink, or whatever else you do,
do all in the Name of Jesus.
All the saints followed this
advice, so that their every act was done for love of Jesus, and therefore their
act and thought won them
graces and merits. It was by this Name that they became Saints. If we
follow this same advice of the Apostle, we too shall reach a very high
degree of sanctity. How are we to do everything in the Name of Jesus?
By acquiring the habit, as we have said, of repeating the Name of Jesus
frequently in the course of the day. This presents no difficulty-it only
demands good will.
St. Dominic spent his days preaching
and discussing with heretics. The Albigensian heretics, whom he tried to convert,
let loose from Hell than mortal men. Their doctrine was infamous and
their crimes enormous. Yet, as another St. Paul, he converted 100,000
of these wicked men, so that many of them became eminent for sanctity.
In the morning, he celebrated Mass with the ardor of a seraph so that
at times his body was raised in the air in an ecstasy of love. The Name
of Jesus filled his soul with joy and delight.
St. Francis of Assisi,
that burning Seraph of love, found his delight in repeating the loved Name of
Jesus. St. Bonaventure says that his face
lit up with joy and his voice showed by its tender accents how much he
loved to invoke this all-Holy Name. No wonder, then, that he received
on his hands and feet and side the marks of the five wounds of Our Lord,
a reward of his burning love.
St. Ignatius of Loyola was second
to none in his love for the Holy Name. He gave to his great order not his own
rather he called it
the "Society of Jesus." This divine Name has been, as it were,
a shield and defense of the Order against its enemies and a guarantee
of the holiness and sanctity of its members. Glorious, indeed is the
great Society of Jesus.
All the Doctors of the Church
agree in telling us that the devil reserves his fiercest temptations for our
and then he fills the
mind of the dying person with doubts, fears and dreadful temptations.
therefore, sinful as we are, can, with this Omnipotent Name, obtain every favor
and every grace. The weakest mortals can become strong, the
most afflicted find in it consolation and joy.
Because "Jesus" signifies "God-made-man," -
the Incarnation. When the Son of God became man, He was called "Jesus," so
that when we say, "Jesus," we offer to the Eternal Father the
infinite love, the infinite merits of Jesus Christ; in a word, we offer
Him His own Divine Son Himself; we offer Him the great Mastery of the
Incarnation. Jesus IS the Incarnation!
God, the mighty Creator, the God that fills Heaven with
His Majesty, hid all His power, His Majesty, His greatness, and became
a little child
in order to become like us and so to gain our love. He entered into the
pure womb of the Virgin Mary and there lay hidden for nine whole months.
Then he was born in a stable between two animals. He was poor and humble.
He passed 33 years working, suffering, praying, teaching His beautiful
Religion, working miracles, doing good to all. He did all this to prove
His love for each of us and so constrain us to love Him.
St. Paul says
that God exhausted all His power wisdom and goodness in becoming man
for us: "He emptied Himself out." Our Lord confirms
the words of the Apostle, for He says: "What more could I do?" All
this God did, not for all men in general, but for each one of us in particular.
Think, think, of this.
And in the future, when you say "Jesus," remember
that you are offering to God all the infinite love and merits of His
are offering Him His own Divine Son. You cannot offer Him anything holier,
anything better, anything more pleasing to Him, anything more meritorious
When He was hanging on the Cross, He saw me, He saw you,
Dear Reader, and offered every pang of His dreadful agony, every drop
of His Precious
Blood, all of His humilities, all the insults and outrages He received,
for me, for you, for each one of us! He has given us all these infinite
merits as our very own. We may offer them hundreds and hundreds of times
every day to the Eternal Father — for ourselves and for the world. We
do this every time we say "Jesus." At the same time, let us
wish to thank Our Lord for all He has suffered for us. It is appalling
that many Christians know so little of this Holy Name and all that is
means. As a result, they are losing precious graces every day, and they
are forfeiting the greatest rewards in Heaven. Sad, deplorable ignorance!
How to Share
in 500,000 Masses
The third intention
we ought to have when saying "Jesus" is
to offer all the Masses that are being said all over the
world for the glory of God, for our own needs, and for the world at large.
Masses are celebrated daily. And we can and should share
in all of these. The Mass IS Jesus. He once more becomes man, He renews
in every Mass as really as when He became man in His Mother's
womb. He also dies on the Altar as really and truly as he did on Calvary.
Mass is said, not only for all those who assist at it in
the church, but for those who wish to hear it and offer it with priest.
All we have
to do is to say reverently, "Jesus, Jesus," with
the intention of offering these Masses and participating
By doing this
we have a share in all of them. It is a wonderful grace
to assist at and
to offer one Mass; what will it not be to offer and share
in 500,000 Masses every day!
Therefore, every time we say "Jesus," let
it be our intention
- To offer to God all the infinite love and merits of the Incarnation
- To offer to God the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ
- To offer to God all the 500,000 Masses being celebrated in the world-for His glory and our own intentions
St. Peter and St. Paul warn us in the strongest language to beware of
the devil, for he is using all his tremendous power, his mighty intelligence
to ruin is, to arm and hurt us in every way. There is no danger, no
enemy in the world we have to fear as we should fear the devil. He
cannot attack God, so he turns all his implacable hatred and malice
against us. We are destined to take the thrones he and other Bad Angels
have lost. This lashes him into wild fury against us. Many foolish,
ignorant Catholics never think of this; they take no care to defend
themselves and us thus allow the devil to inflict on them infinite
harm and cause them untold sufferings. Teachers, catechists and mothers
should constantly warn their children against the devil. All their
efforts will be only too little!
Rev. Msgr. Reginald R. Nesvadba and Rev. Wayne Wilkerson
Rev. J. Kentenick (1885-1968) Founder of Schoenstatt
Rudy T. Garcia and Family, and Spanish Deaconate Class (1999-2003) Foundation
Sons of God Laiety Movement, Rev. Robert Maher, Hector J. Ibarra
and Family, founders
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