Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Norm LeDonne Jr

2/12/2014 (1 year ago)

Finding Jesus Again blog (findingjesusagain.blogspot.com)

Finding Jesus Again

How many times have you seen people use the sign of the cross? It's quite a common occurrence. People invoke the sign of the cross before boarding a plane, before stepping into a boxing ring, before that all-important field goal kick. I'm sure you can name many more times. Usually, it seems to me, it's an act performed at a time when the individual is asking God for help or protection.

Highlights

By Norm LeDonne Jr

Finding Jesus Again blog (findingjesusagain.blogspot.com)

2/12/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Catholcism, Sign of the Cross, Crucifix, Jesus


How many times have you seen people use the sign of the cross? It's quite a common occurrence. People invoke the sign of the cross before boarding a plane, before stepping into a boxing ring, before that all-important field goal kick. I'm sure you can name many more times. Usually, it seems to me, it's an act performed at a time when the individual is asking God for help or protection.

But, how many realize the power of the prayer? From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2157):

"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."

So, when you make the sign of the cross, and say the prayer, you ARE calling on God. You are offering your actions, prayers, life, yourself to God. This is the type of offering God wants. He does not want sacrifices of bulls or goats, but sacrifices of thanksgiving (Psalm 50:9,14).

Also, notice that the prayer begins: In the NAME of the Father...  The singular NAME is used, not the plural Names. There is only one God, made up of three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This prayer declares and affirms one's belief in one God, made up of three persons.

Again from the Catechism (253):

"The sign of the cross, on the threshold of the celebration, marks with the imprint of Christ the one who is going to belong to him and signifies the grace of the redemption Christ won for us by his cross."

So, it marks the person as belonging to Christ, and as being one with Christ. It celebrates Christ's victory over sin and death, by his death and resurrection. How great are these words! How much power, and grace! 

References

Catechism of the Catholic Church Second Edition, 2157
The New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE), Psalm 50
Catechism of the Catholic Church Second Edition, 253

---

This is a blog written by Norm LeDonne Jr, on his journey to rediscover the Catholic faih



Comments


More Blog

How Two Young Men Touched My Life This Week

Image of Blessed Virgin Mary and Beloved Son of God, stained glass window.

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

Fingering the rosary, I thought about how it would forever be tethered in my memory to Adam's funeral and to that thoughtful stranger who entered my life for only a few minutes. I reflected on how a connection, even though brief, leaves behind an imprint capable ... continue reading


The Profound Dignity of Motherhood

Image of Mothers are precious, let's find ways to make every day Mother's Day, though our prayers, deeds and words.

By James Littleton

Mothers are by far the most beautiful creatures in the world. There is nothing more beautiful than a mother. There has never been a beauty pageant winner more beautiful than a pregnant woman. A pregnant woman glows with the grace of God. She is one with God. Her love ... continue reading


Are You In The Wrong Place?

Image of Encourage people to become the best version of themselves.

By Jackie Stammen

Encourage others to become who they were created to become, not who YOU want them to become. NASHVILLE, TN - About a half a year ago I wrote this thought down on a piece of paper with the intention for it to be a blog post...eventually. In light of my last two posts, ... continue reading


Immorality and Radical Secularism: The Two Greatest Threats to Our National Security

Image of Internal immorality and radical secularism pose greater threats to our national security and survival than all the external terrorists put together.

By by Justin Soutar

Thirteen years ago, America suffered a coordinated and devastating terrorist assault by wicked agents of a Middle Eastern foreign power. Today America is again under attack-not just by violent religious fanatics from without, but by the forces of immorality and radical ... continue reading


Faith, Hope, and Claire

Image of

By Mary Botha

There is a feeling that every parent, at one point or another has nightmares about. That cold, lost helpless feeling...almost like drowning, but then they get to wake up. I clearly remember the day my husband and I felt that feeling. Only our nightmare, we did not get ... continue reading


5 Fast and Easy Delicious Fish Recipes for Lent, that are Sure to Make your Family Smile and their Tummies Happy!

Image of Smile while cooking, it will make your food taste better...I'm serious!

By Wendy RN., BA, MBA

Every year I pull out my favorite fish recipes that I save for Lenten Friday meals. Here are my top 5 that I love. I know that your families will love them too! LOS ANGELES, CA - Here are my top 5 favorite fish recipes that can be prepared in 30 min. or less.Feel free ... continue reading


God's Got This!

Image of With God's strength we can do all things and we can get through all things.

By Jackie Stammen

Two days ago I wrote a post called, 'Shine, Child, Shine!' about being fully you, just as you were created to be and how important it is for each one of us to live authentically as ourselves. NASHVILLE, TN - I also acknowledged a tendency to allow fear to slip in and ... continue reading


God Grace is Abundant, Kind and Merciful

Image of Through God's grace we will find peace.

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill

As today is Ash Wednesday, it seems only fitting to remember the man who asked Jesus, 'What good thing must I do to gain Eternal Life?' Like the man who asked the question, isn't it easy for us to think thatthe way to Jesus and Eternal Life is through good works?But ... continue reading


Shine, Child, Shine!

Image of Only you can fulfill what you were created to become.

By Jackie Stammen

The world needs YOU just as you were created. Forget the expectations, facades, and cover-ups. Be you and be fully you. NASHVILLE, TN - You were uniquely crafted with a distinct mixture of specific personality traits and gifts that match those of no other person on ... continue reading


I challenge everyone to Give something this Lent

Image of 'For it is in giving that we receive.'
~ Francis of Assisi

By Wendy RN., BA, MBA

Will you accept my challenge? The Three Pillars of Lent are Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. Of these Almsgiving is the most neglected of all! LOS ANGELES, CA - It is common practice for us Catholics to 'give up' something for Lent. It is usually something silly and ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
4 I pleaded with Yahweh my God and made this ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
15 Costly in Yahweh's sight is the death of his ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 9:2-10
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James ... Read More

Reading 2, Romans 8:31-34
31 After saying this, what can we add? If God is for ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 1st, 2015 Image

St. David
March 1: According to tradition, St. David was the son of King Sant of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter