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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Most Special of Names

Names, what are they actually? Names are titles or labels given to people, objects, places, things, et cetera to denote what they are. For instance, my name is Heidi. The name Heidi is either French or German and it means “nobility”, or of “noble kind”, though its bearer tries to live up to that meaning. :) 
Owners usually have names for their pets and some are unusual.  Our family once had a canary that was named “Jose” who sang along with the canary song tapes; a pet rabbit that was called “Thumper” who just liked to be ornery; as well as a Collie by the name of “Burne” that barked and herded us around outside when we were kids; an observant green chameleon named “Mr. Spock”; a gigantic Koi fish named “Golde” with whom you could hand feed; and a currently-living Black Labrador named Penny who is the best dog I have ever had. It’s unclear why people name their pets the way they do, but oddly enough the pets seem to match their names in the long run, just like people, which leads me to my next point. 

Saints have names too, like St. Gregory the Great, St. Augustine, St. Philomena, St. Erasmus, St. Lawrence, St. John Bosco, St. Raphael Arnaiz Baron, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, the list is endless. Even in the Bible, there existed plenty of names for all sorts of things. Names are not given by half-chance or without a mere thought because a person can define their God-given name. Names usually describe a person, but a person can define their own name.

Image result for Quotes About Names in the Namesake and IdentityOur Lady’s name is Mary, but she can go by different titles too such as Star of the Sea, Mystical Rose, Blessed Virgin, The Madonna, Our Lady, etc.  What sets her name apart from the mundane names in the world is how she lived her life. She herself was (is) very holy in the way of being simple, pure, docile and humble, ever willing to obey the will of God out of love for Him.
Her name, when reverently and truly spoken by a soul, chases away demons. After the most Holy Name of Jesus, her name is also holy. She defined her God-given name whilst on Earth, the Saints and martyrs defined theirs through their holy lives, we must define ours in like manner so we can hopefully be counted among the ranks in Heaven and be recognized by the name which we humbly bear out of love for the holiest of names, Jesus.

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