Usually Once in a while, during Mass, some baby goes on a Crying Spree, and the parents do nothing, I mean we have a Cry Room, but maybe the parents are unaware of it. I mean I come to Mass to participate and learn, and I can’t hear the Homily when a baby is screaming in my ear.
Well one day, after watching this Exorcist movie the Rite, and reading this book:
The Sign of the Cross
I decided to do the Sign of the Cross on myself and anything else that either scared me or ailed me, much like a priest does during the opening and ending of mass. :signofcross:
And I swear to God, that it works, sometimes I’d get these pains in my feet and I’d make the Sign of the Cross over them and instantly the pain would remove itself. This has happened on several occasions.
I made it one time in a dark room, cause I felt a dark presence there, and after making it, I heard some stuff being knocked over, I turned on the light and some books had fallen off a bookshelf that I had made the Sign of the Cross in the direction of, though I couldn’t find the source for what knocked the books off of the Shelf. It kind of spooked me, but at the same time gave me Confidence in the Power of the Sign of the Cross. :signofcross:
And anytime I’m in a “Dark Alley” I make the Sign of the Cross, it’s become a regular practice with me. :signofcross:
Anyways, I’m in Mass this one day and this kid goes bawling off right in front of me and so I figured it’s worked before, so why not now, the only problem is, I don’t know if it’s a socially accepted practice amongst Catholics to do it, so me being a newcomer to Catholicism (still in the RCIA program too), I go ahead and make the Sign of the Cross right in front of the baby’s face and sure as I knew it the kid shut up. Man, you should have seen those Parishioner’s eyes light up, those that were beside me, I was a little impressed too, never had I done it in the presence of others before.
So my question is, Is it a socially accepted practice amongst Catholics to make the Sign of the Cross when something either ails you or another?
And would this be violating anything of the Teachings of the Catholic Church?