Hello all! I am very new to the forum, but came across this thread because I wanted some other opinions about making the sign of the cross with the left hand. I have a five year old who has motor skills problems, and is left handed, and just cannot do it with his right hand. He is not disabled, not handicapped, and not “dumb.” He is just naturally left handed. I asked our priest, a veteran priest of 27 years, and he said left or right, it doesn’t matter. He said the fact is, you’re making the sign.
As for the CCD teacher and the 6th grade teacher who correct their students, I find this hard to grasp. I am a teacher and developmental specialist myself, in Lincoln, Nebraska (public school), and think it is OK for any child to be left handed.
Mercygate said “I insist that my 6th graders use their right and and knee. I compare it with an athletic exercise. The get comfortable with it in a few weeks. If a person wants to play a sport, he will “work” both sides of his body in order to build his skills. Same deal.”
I am a football and baseball coach, and we do not insist that our left handed players use their non-dominate hand in practice. If we have a left handed quarterback, he throws with his left hand. If we have a left handed pitcher or batter, he is not required to pitch and/or with is right hand as well. The sign of the cross should not be compared to athletic exercise.
In Matthew 25:31-46, it in no way, shape, or form indicates which hand the good or the bad use. It simply says the good on the right, the bad on the left. To indicate that people who use their left hand will be damned and people who use their right hand will be blessed for eternity is a judgement we as mortals cannot make.
Mercygate also says “While training my child to overcome an aversion to using the right hand for this non-demanding task (we’re not talking about fine-muscle dexterity here), I might assure the child that if Jesus is on the Father’s right side, then His “good” hand is closer and more ready to serve.” Mercygate proves what I am saying above, that the person’s good hand, their dominate hand, is closer and ready to serve. You don’t have to be right handed to be good or saved or blessed.
The is so much talk about making points and not conforming to the “rules.” Some may argue with me, but, some people just cannot use their non-dominate hand as well as their dominate. If we are supposed to love all and let the Father be our judge, why is this even being discussed? Why do we still tell left handed children to use their right hand? Let them be themselves and allow them to develop in their own ways. We are all different, and that’s what makes us all special.
Chris Funk, Ed.D