Making the sign of the cross is an ancient devotion that began with the early Christians and continues to this day in the Church. Yet it’s relatively easy to lose sight of its purpose and to make the sign of the cross carelessly, without it being a prayer at all. Make it devoutly, frequently and openly.
1. Devoutly: How many of us make the sign of the cross quickly and without any thought? Try slowing down and making the sign of the cross in a more deliberate manner, remembering the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.
2. Frequently: The sign of the cross can become part of our daily routine, not only when we set aside time for prayer, but also when we go about our daily duties. This can help us sanctify every moment of the day and offer it to God.
3. Openly: It is by this sign that you show yourself a Christian, and prove that you do not blush at the Cross and humiliations of your God and crucified Savior. Making the sign of the cross can bring attention from others and we may be hesitate to do so, especially at a restaurant. However, we should be bold and not afraid to profess our Christianity, no matter where we are.