Question of the Day for Monday, January 21, 2013
Sign of the Cross
Q. When is it appropriate to pray without beginning with the Sign of the Cross? I have noticed such in public prayer situations in which not everyone is Catholic.
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
The Sign of the Cross is a reminder of our baptism, so it is an appropriate way to begin and end any of our prayers. The Catechism of the Catholic Church observes: “The Christian begins his day, his prayers, and his activities with the Sign of the Cross: ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.’ The baptized person dedicates the day to the glory of God and calls on the Savior’s grace which lets him act in the Spirit as a child of the Father. The sign of the cross strengthens us in temptations and difficulties” (No. 2157).
Read the rest of the answer at Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/TCANav/TCAQuestionoftheDay/Jan21252013/tabid/8682/Default.aspx