The first is named Benedict-Joseph in honor of Pope Benedict XVI. The next, is Maurice in honor of 12th-century Paris Bishop Maurice de Sully who placed the first stone to begin the cathedral’s construction. And rounding out the trio is Jean-Marie after a recent Paris bishop — Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger ("Do the Names Ring a Bell?" by Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register, June 6, 2019)Image credit: By Sharon Mollerus (2009), Flickr.com, CC BY 2.0[/caption] A secular counterpoint to the church bells might be the Liberty Bell, though it wasn’t actually so named — it seems it was originally called the “State House bell,” but its (not at all secular!) inscription led to its current name:
“Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Leviticus 25:10)I loved finding out this information about the naming of things, especially when there’s a faith connection! Are there other similar examples you know of?
Copyright 2019 Kate Towne
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Kate is a writer, wife to a really good man, and mama to their seven boys ages 1 to 15. She shares her thoughts on Catholic baby naming at Sancta Nomina, and her first book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018) can be found at ShopMercy.org and Amazon.