While going through the motion, my daughter asked, " Why do people make the sign of the cross when passing by a church?" I was weighing whether to go the theological way and launch an explanation of the significance of the sign of the Cross in relation to the Blessed Sacrament present in the church or do it the simpler route. I took the simpler route.
So I explained it to her in the simplest manner I could.
Imagine you see your friend on the road. Would you just pass her by and not manage to say a quick nod or hello? Jesus is the Church. When you see a church you see Jesus. Would you just pass by without saying a quick hello? You say hello by doing the sign of the cross.
Of course as she grows older, I would have to explain to her the deeper and wonderful meaning of the sign of the cross. According to Bert Ghezzi, author of the book "Sign of the Cross: Recovering the Power of the Ancient Prayer," it means six things: a confession of faith; a renewal of baptism; a mark of discipleship; an acceptance of suffering; a defense against the devil; and a victory over self-indulgence.
For now, the simple explanation will do. Like all friendships, friendship with God, begins with those small gestures of hello.
This is a re-post. First written and published by thegomom Jan 20, 2014.
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