- The rule is: If you are speaking to or about God, it is not using His name in vain. But if you use His name in any form ("God, "Jesus," "Christ," "Lord," etc.) as an exclamation, it is in vain. If it is a habit, you must break it; saying something is a habit does not excuse it
- At the name of Jesus, we bow our heads. The youngest child can learn this easily, and they love to do it. It can be a bit of a game to try to catch His name every time.
- When we hear someone else speak the Lord's name in vain, we quietly (or silently, depending on the situation) say a prayer of reparation. Most of us say either, "Blessed be the Name of Jesus," or "Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on them."
- If a person close to us has the bad habit of using His name in vain, we try to very carefully speak to them about it. But, this can be a very touchy subject, so in most cases, we just pray for the person and try to be good examples. This bad habit in a friend, we teach our children, is an indication of character, and is a tipoff that this may be a person to be avoided if they do not change the habit.
- If we are watching a television program that habitually uses God's name in vain, we turn the channel. Our rule of thumb is three strikes and you're out (which is a compromise that actually doesn't really make us comfortable...) We check all movies on Screenit to find out how bad the offence is and don't go to see movies that don't come in at three or less, as well. This has severely limited the number of movies and television shows we watch, which can be a real pain, because we really are movie buffs. But we feel like Our Lord must appreciate it all the more because of the sacrifice we have to make.
- We say the Divine Praises in reparation for blasphemy every night at the end of our family rosary.
Would you like to take the challenge to make this small sacrifice for the honor and glory of His Holy Name, too? In this month of the Holy Name of Jesus, to begin the year of Our Lord 2008, we invite all our readers to join us in this particular apostolate. It's not really terribly hard, and it is so important. More important, I think, than we can guess.
Blessed be the Holy Name of Jesus.