46. The Second Commandment: Thou shalt
not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
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   This historical fact was narrated in a book:

    "There was an opera singer who was very successful and had been applauded in the main cities of the world. But one day she began to lose her voice and to feel discomfort in her throat. The doctors discovered an incurable disease that would kill her. To prevent this, she urgently needed to undergo surgery. They told her: You cannot sing anymore and not even talk ever again. The same day of the surgery, moments before the operation, they asked her if she wanted to say anything. She replied with a smile: Glory to the Father, glory to Son, glory to the Holy Spirit. Those were the last words she spoke.

This is a touching and exemplary story. The second commandment of the Law of God precisely demands from us to honor the name of God.

  A. Answer by choosing one of these options: Glory, Our Father, Saint Joseph, or God.

 The last thing that the opera singer said was the


 The second commandment commands us to honor the name of


  Main ideas

1. The name of God is holy

   God is holy and so is his name, because the name represents the person. This explains why we feel indignation if someone irreverently says the name of a loved one. This is the reason why when we name God, we do not think of the letters that make up that word, but instead, we think of God himself. This is why we have to sanctify his name and pronounce it with great respect.

    Angels and saints in heaven continually praise the name of God, proclaiming him a holy saint. In the Our Father prayer, we praise: “Hallowed be thy name”, and we must strive that the name of God may be glorified on Earth.

2. How we honor the name of God

   We honor or sanctify God’s name when we praise Him as Creator and Savior, confessing to humanity that He is our God and Lord. We do this by listening with devotion or meditating the word of God, by giving thanks for all that is given to us or by asking Him for help with confidence and protection; by taking care of all that is holy; by seeking that God be known, loved and honored by all; by swearing with piety, justice and truth, and by making vows or pleasant promises to God with the intent to comply.

3. Respect for holy things

   In respect to God’s name, that one way or another is always adored; we have to respect the places, objects and persons that are consecrated to Him. Temples and cemeteries are sacred places, which require a behavior full of respect and dignity. The altar, the chalice and other objects dedicated to the cult are also sacred objects. The ministers of God and religious people are also consecrated people; therefore, the Pope and the bishops deserve respect due to what they represent, and that is why people should not speak badly of them.

    The sin of sacrilege is committed when things or sacred places are made profane or when people consecrated to God are insulted.

  B. Answer by choosing any of these words: beautiful, holy, name, last name, think about them, comply them, holy, clean, sacred, serious, consecrated cults, sacrilege or pride.

 The name of God is

 In the Lord's Prayer we say Hallowed Be Thy
 We honor God's name when we make promises with intent to
 We must respect things that are
 Temples and cemeteries are places that are
 Bishops and priests are people that are  
 If things that are holy are not respected, we committed a sin of

4. The oath is to put God as witness

   Sometimes, it is necessary to reinforce a declaration of what someone saw or heard with a special testimony. On very important occasions, especially in courts, you can invoke God to witness the truth of what is said or promised: this is what it means to make an oath. Apart from these cases you should never swear, and we must ensure that the human coexistence is established based on truth and honesty. Jesus said, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” (Matthew 5:37).

5. Vows and promises

   A vow is a deliberate and free promise made to God about a possible and better good, with the intention to be bound and comply. The custom must be of making resolutions that are going to help us improve without the need of vows and promises, unless we were asked to do so by God himself. It is wise to ask the confessor before making a promise to God, in order to make sure that we can actually fulfill it.

6. Sins against the second commandment

   In addition to the sins of perjury or the non-compliance of a vow, sins against this commandment are: to pronounce the name of God lightly or without reason, and to call upon, curse or blaspheme God angrily. Blasphemy is to say insulting words or make gestures against God, the Virgin, the saints and the Church. If done consciously, it is a grave sin, because it goes directly against God.

7. The name of the Christian

   In baptism, the newborn is given a name; the parents, the godparents and the priest should endeavor for the name to be a Christian name, for example, the name of a saint who lived a life of exemplary fidelity to God. By being placed under the patronage of a saint, the Christian is being offered a model of Christian charity and is assured intercession. This is why the name of every person is sacred and deserves respect. God knows each of us by name.

Catechesis course. Don Jaime Pujol Balcells and Don Jesus Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. With the permission of the authors.

  C. Select one of the elements of the Christian doctrine: witness, friend, clarity, honesty, vow, oath, disorder, perjury, blasphemy, idiocy, friend or saint.

 The oath is to put God as a

 Coexistence must be based on truth and
 A deliberate and free promise is a
 Non-compliance of a vow is a
 Saying words against God, the Virgin, the saints and the Church is

 Who is baptized must be given the name of a


  Catechism Questions

1. What does the second commandment demand?  The second commandment demands from us to respect the name of God because his name is holy.

2. How do Christians show respect for God’s name?  Christian shows respect for God’s name, among other ways, by invoking his name in the beginning of the day and before the main actions during the day, and by making the sign of the cross: In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

3. Who takes the name of God in vain?  Blasphemes who swear rashly, violate a vow, or commit perjury take the Lord’s name in vain.

  D. Answer by choosing the correct button. Below are the possible answers:



 What does the second commandment demand?
 How do Christians respect God’s name?
 Who takes the Lord’s name in vain?



 Among other ways, by invoking his name in the beginning of the day and before the main actions during the day, and by making the sign of the cross: In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


 To respect the name of God because his name is holy.


 Blasphemes who swear rashly, violate a vow, or commit perjury.

  Purposes of Christian life

- Confidently invoke the name of God and apologize when you hear a curse or blasphemy.

- Ensure that others believe in you by your word without the need to swear.

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