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St. Thomas Aquinas
Catechetical Instructions

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  • THE FIRST PETITION: "Hallowed Be Thy Name."
    • GOD'S NAME IS INEFFABLE
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GOD'S NAME IS INEFFABLE

 

This name is ineffable, for in the telling of it every tongue is wholly inadequate. Accordingly, it is sometimes compared to created things as, for instance, it is likened to a rock because of its firmness: "Upon this rock I will build My Church."4 It is likened to a fire because of its purifying power; for as fire purifies metal, so does God purify the hearts of sinners: "My God is a consuming fire."5 It is compared to light because of its power of enlightening; for as light illumines the darkness, so does the name of God overcome the darkness of the mind: "O my God, enlighten my darkness."6

 




4. Matt., xvi. 18.

 



5. Deut., iv. 24.

 



6. Ps. xvii. 29.

 






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