When we say things like:
"For the love of God, please stop hitting your brother!"
"For God's sake, stop running with food in your mouth!"
And are these sacreligious?
"Oh, for heaven's sake, please calm down and stop doing that!"
"Well for Pete's sake! You are out of control and need to calm down."
I am asking because I caught myself saying such things recently to my children when their behavior was out of control or dangerous. Then I wondered whether these sayings were just other ways to take the Lord's name in vain, or to make profane, things that are holy.
Also, what about saying the word "damn" as an adjective? I am not sure if I have said this recently, but I sometimes hear people say things like "about damn time", not necessarily in anger, but as a joke or to express frustration. Is the word "damn" considered to be off-limits for Catholics?
Finally, recently my husband and I were watching a TV program, and I heard and understood what a character said, but my husband missed it. He said "What did he say?" And without thinking I replied "He said, 'Oh my God,...", but as soon as those words passed my lips I realized my mistake and slapped my mouth in horror and crossed myself. He apologized profusely and said he hadn't meant to trap me. I felt really bad, but thought that it couldn't be a sin because it was by accident. Was I correct?
Thank you for weighing in on these concerns for me. I am still fairly new to being Catholic and I find that over time, more and more things convict me as to their wrongness. I want to make sure I am neither going overboard nor being lackadaisical about sin. Thanks!