1. Michael Carney

    Excellent piece, Lisa! It opens the discussion to other things that can become meaningless motion….processing up the isle for receiving Holy Communion, chanting the responses during Mass or when praying the Rosary…so many places we can fall into being mechanical and “heartless.”

  2. Thank you! This is really great; I, too, go through the motions all to often. Growing up, my brother and I would race through the sign and the traditional meal-time blessing to see who could “win” by doing it the fastest. Even now, there are times that I will sign myself at church and think “1, 2, 3, 4” NOT “In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Talk about the perfect example of ‘going through the motions.’

    This post is really helpful and will (hopefully) help keep in the mind the power of the sign. :)

  3. Beautiful! It’s like what I tell teens in youth ministry…people have and still are dying as martyrs to make that sign professing our faith…let’s not take it for granted!

  4. Please pray for the end of abortion, and the defeat of the HHS Mandate. Further, please pray for the quick Canonization of Pope John Paul The Great. Also, please pray for Pope Francis, and Pope Emeritus, Benedict XV1. In addition, please read my post, in the “Recent Posts by Others on The Practicing Catholic” section, of this Facebook Page. It is about the doctrine that few are saved. Lastly, please pray for my Father, Carl Simon, who is dead; my Mother, Margaret Simon, who is alive; and Me.

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