I know that this is slightly a rant, and it can be deleted if proven to be too wayward from the Catholic faith, but…
I love gestures in the Catholic church. I love genuflecting, and making the sign of the cross in church, and I do it slowly, cherishing the moment, because of the many underlying analogies associated with the action.
I love especially the sign of the cross. It is the simple act of blessing one’s self, showing respect of the cross, the awareness of the trinity, and the summarisation of the faith (God [In nomine Patris] came down as Jesus on earth, [et Filii] died into she’ol [et Spiritus] and rose to the right hand of the Father! [sancti, Amen]).
But when I see it in church, especially in the teenagers who take the Eucharist, they cross themselves quickly and then go to their seat. Some of them don’t even complete the action, or hurriedly do it. Entering church, in prayers (as I participate in our church community), that simple gesture is so dear to me, to see it abused by Catholic individuals who come to church to show respect for the Lord makes me so angry. I’m just plain disgusted by their callow behaviour in exemplifying Catholic virtue of humility and sacredness. To me, it’s abuse, it’s sacrilege!!
Am I being too harsh on my criticism? Or are there other individuals who feel similar to me? What CAN I do to help this?