You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain
- Have I used God’s name in vain: lightly or carelessly?
- Have I been angry with God?
- Have I wished evil upon another person?
- Have I insulted a sacred person or abused a sacred object?
The second commandment forbids every improper use of God’s name.The name of the Lord is holy. False oaths call on God to be witness to a lie. Perjury is a grave offense against the Lord who is always faithful to his promises. “Do not swear whether by the Creator, or any creature, except truthfully, of necessity, and with reverence”. Blasphemy is the use of the name of God, of Jesus Christ, of the Virgin Mary, and of the saints in an offensive way.
In Baptism, the Christian receives his name in the Church. Parents, godparents, and the pastor are to see that he be given a Christian name. The patron saint provides a model of charity and the assurance of his prayer. The Christian begins his prayers and activities with the Sign of the Cross: “in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”