When we make the Sign of the Cross, we remember that God is One and Triune. It is a simple and effective way for us, as Catholics, to affirm our faith.

The gesture is made at the beginning and end of the Holy Mass, but here are some important moments in which you can make the Sign of the Cross.

5 Moments Catholics Should Make the Sign of the Cross:

1) In personal prayer

As Cardinal Ratzinger (future Pope Benedict XVI) once stated,

“The most basic Christian gesture in prayer is and always will be the Sign of the Cross.”

Therefore, invoking the Holy Trinity opens our hearts to hear God in prayer and also drives away demons.

2) When passing a church

The biographers of Saint Francis of Assisi said that whenever he saw a church, he would kneel. Wherever he was, he said a short prayer. Sometimes, in the rush of daily life, going to work or some appointment, we pass by a church and don't pay attention to the great miracle of Jesus truly present – body, blood, soul, and divinity. Therefore, if it is impossible to stop and pay a visit, a beautiful gesture of piety is to make the sign of the Cross to honor the Blessed Sacrament that is present there.

3) When hearing a siren

Whether through an ambulance or firefighters, make this gesture as a way of interceding for someone who may be in danger of death, and so that the professionals involved can do a good job.

If you can, also say a Hail Mary for the situation and the people involved.

4) When passing by a cemetery

The word "cemetery" comes from the Greek word "Koimeterion," which means “resting place.” Therefore, this is a beautiful way to honor and pray for the holy souls whose bodies rest there.

5) In the event of an accident

Just like when you hear a siren, you can pray for the dead and/or injured when you pass an accident, and intercede for the victims and rescue workers.

What would you add to the list?

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