Closing out the study of the Book of Leviticus with respect to the Holy Name, three passages are of interest. Two passages are exhortations from the LORD and the last passage indicates the consequence of someone who blasphemed the LORD. Leviticus 19: 12, “You shall not swear falsely by My Name, thus profaning the Name of your God. I Am the LORD.” Leviticus 22: 31-32 says, “Be careful to observe the commandments which I, the LORD, give you, and do not profane My holy Name; in the midst of the Israelites I, the LORD, must be held as sacred.” Finally, Leviticus 24: 10-16 says: Among the Israelites there was a man born of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father. This man quarreled publicly with another Israelite and cursed and blasphemed the LORD’s Name. So the people brought him to Moses, who kept him in custody till a decision from the LORD should settle the case for them. The LORD then said to Moses, “Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and when all who heard him have laid their hands on his head, let the whole community stone him. Tell the Israelites: Anyone who curses his God shall bear the penalty of his sin; whoever blasphemes the Name of the LORD shall be put to death. The whole community shall stone him; alien and native alike must be put to death for blaspheming the LORD’s Name.”
There was a Carmelite nun, Sister Marie of St. Peter, who lived in Tours, France in the mid-1800’s. Jesus appeared to her and gave her a prayer to be said in reparation for blasphemy, sacrilege, the profanation of Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, or for any pressing need. The prayer is called the “Golden Arrow” prayer because it pierces through to Jesus to penetrate His Heart inducing Him to pour forth torrents of grace for the conversion of sinners.
The Golden Arrow Prayer
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable,
most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God
be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored
and glorified in Heaven, on earth,
and under the earth, by all the creatures of God,
and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Imprimatur: T. J. Toolen. Archbishop of Mobile-Birmingham
Our Lord told Sister Marie of St. Peter on March 16, 1844,
“Oh, if you only knew what great merit you acquire by saying even once, ‘Admirable is the name of God’, in the spirit of reparation of blasphemy!”
Let us repeat this short prayer for reparation as often as possible:
Admirable is the name of God.