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The Holy Name of Jesus – God has a Face and a Name

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has taught us, in his many writings about the Holy Face, that the Hebrew term, “panim”, which means “face” means to see The Face of God, or the presence of God.  “Panim” is a term that describes relationships.  The Hebrew word “shem” meaning “name” is also a term of relationship.  God has a Face and a Name!

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St. Therese and her family were some of the first to become members of the Confraternity of the Holy Face.

Here's and interesting note:

In 1885, a French father and his four daughters were among the first to join the Confraternity. The father's name was Mr. Louis Martin (now a Saint.) One of his daughters was name Marie Therese Martin, who came to be Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face.

Thus, even before Saint Therese entered the Carmelite convent, she was already a member of the Confraternity of the Holy Face. This probably explains why she chose the Holy Face of Jesus as part of her name, and also why she composed prayers in reparation to the Holy Face. It is said that the names of the Martin family can still be seen in the Confraternity entry-book.

"By my Holy face you will work miracles."

                                            -Promise of Our Lord, 1845