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 Post subject: Making the sign of the cross.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:53 am 
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Yesterday was 'The Exaltation of the Holy Cross'.
The homily was about making the sign of the cross when we go out such as for a meal in a restaurant.
The preacher said we should be brave and good Catholics and make the sign of the cross with full confidence in view of everyone when saying grace. I feel that is being like the Pharisees. "Look how good I am".
I do say grace, but quietly. Am I right.

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 Post subject: Re: Making the sign of the cross.
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It's a lot like ashes on Ash Wednesday and whether or not you should wipe them off. I recommend people do whichever they're least comfortable with.

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 Post subject: Re: Making the sign of the cross.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:16 am 
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I don't see how making the sign of the cross in public is Pharisaical.

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 Post subject: Re: Making the sign of the cross.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:41 am 
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In 1977, I did see a woman make a sign of the cross in public at Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Making the sign of the cross.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:33 pm 
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Muirfield wrote:
I do say grace, but quietly. Am I right.

I do the same. I like Father's advise though about doing what is least comfortable. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Making the sign of the cross.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:51 pm 
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
It's a lot like ashes on Ash Wednesday and whether or not you should wipe them off. I recommend people do whichever they're least comfortable with.


I just had a good laugh at this response. At work we call this "leaning into discomfort". The theory being if every day you come to work things feel comfortable and routine, then that means nothing is improving/changing.

I had an experience recently that relates to this. I printed out a small crucifix to hang in my cubicle. My first thought was to sort of hide it. But there was just something about that feeling that I had to hide it. So I ended up putting it up where anyone within my cube could see it. Initially I was uncomfortable about it as if I was saying "Look at me I'm Catholic". But after a couple of days that feeling went away and nobody has ever said anything about it.

Also, hi, this is my first post.

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