Tuesday, January 02, 2007

January 3: Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

The Tenth Day of Christmas
IHS by Delamotte, Ornamental Alphabets Ancient and Mediæval, 1879
Read more about the devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.

Today's message

The sweet name of Jesus produces in us holy thoughts, fills the soul with noble sentiments, strengthens virtue, begets good works, and nourishes pure affections. All spiritual food leaves the soul dry, if it contain not that penetrating oil, the name Jesus. When you take your pen, write the name Jesus: if you write books, let the name of Jesus be contained in them, else they will possess no charm or attraction for me; you may speak, or you may reply, but if the name of Jesus sounds not from your lips, you are without unction and without charm. Jesus is honey in our mouth, light in our eyes, a flame in our heart. This name is the cure for all diseases of the soul.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, 12th century