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The Sign of the Cross

"In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Several times a day, we open and close our prayers with the Sign of the Cross. As one of the shortest and most frequently prayed prayers in Christendom, this humble prayer gets little attention. Yet, few combinations of words can pack such a powerful kick in such a small package.

We read in the Bible about how people used to so revere God's name so much so that they would not dare to speak it. Instead, they used titles or abbreviation. Remember, it was in using God's name that the first Christians were enabled to heal and cast out demons. Today the Church cares for our spiritual needs by using God's name to forgive sins and transform bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. There's power in the Name.

So when we sit down to pray, whether it be before a meal, a test, a job interview, or at any other time when we pray, don't hurry through the sign of the Cross. It's in His name that we pray that, through His good graces, we might have all that we need.