Our Lady of La Salette, the Queen of Heaven, was seen in a sorrowful stance in 1846. With her hands covering her face and drenched with tears, it is clear she had witnessed something to cause such anguish - two offenses against God Himself: Non-observance of the Sunday Mass obligation, and irreverence by using Jesus' name carelessly. These sins indicated a disregard for our Creator that could not be ignored or overlooked - thus causing Our Lady's grief and despair.
It has been 165 years since Our Lady of La Salette first appeared, and while it left a lasting impression on some villages in France, the overall state of our world doesn't seem to have changed much. The words "Oh my God!" and "Jesus Christ" are now commonplace expressions thrown around without thought and regard.
How often do we forget to express love and reverence when it comes to the name of Jesus? It is not just a random collection of syllables - saying the name "Jesus" can lead us through miraculous situations. Take Acts 3: 1-6, for example: Peter said simply, “In the name of Jesus Christ Nazarene," and a lame man was healed!
Using only His Holy Name, evil spirits are likewise scared away from our presence. Truly there’s no power greater than that which lies in speaking this sacred title—so let’s all remember its holiness with respect whenever given opportunity.
Here is a simple exorcism prayer used to drive away evil spirits, using the Name of Jesus:
In the Name of Jesus of Nazareth, through His tremendous power as God and through His most powerful and salvific Name, I rebuke, repudiate, bind and cast out all spirits not of the Holy Spirit. I command you, in the Name of Jesus, to depart right now from (state name of person or place) and go immediately and directly to the foot of the Cross and never to return.
Let us stop and consider the magnitude of His name - Jesus. Let us remember to revere it with all respect, love, admiration that is its due. To drive home this point let's turn our eyes towards Psalm 8; read through its words carefully as an act of reparation for treating such a precious Name so nonchalantly!
O Lord, our Lord, how great is your name throughout the world! In the heavens above, your glory is praised in chants from the mouths of children and infants.
You have built a rampart against your foes to thwart their vengeful plots and hostile acts.
When I observe the heavens, all wrought by your hands, the moon and the stars arrayed in a vault – what is man that you should be mindful of him, the son of man that you should care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
You have put all things under his feet – the sheep and the oxen the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, the fishes of the sea, and all that swim the paths of the ocean.
O Lord, our Lord, how great is your name all over the world!