This is a side question - sorry if it is off topic. I wear a cross every day but not a crucifix. Is there a particular reason to wear a crucifix versus a cross. The cross also reminds me of who I am in moments of weakness, but I wondered if perhaps a crucifix is better for a Catholic to be wearing?
I wear a Crucifix on my Scapular… always. But it’s worn under my clothes… so, no one really sees it. Not that I’m ashamed of it. But it’s just easier to wear a Scapular UNDER your clothes. They don’t get tangled that way.
But I also wear a visible one, most days. It’s a silver Papal Crucifix (the type on the staff of the Holy Father). It’s my favorite! I call it my “Every day Crucifix”.
in the winter I wear a 1 1/2 inch crucifix that I bought at the Vatican. I wear it on a long chain. During the summer I wear a more dainty cross that my husband bought me. It is on a much shorter chain and and more comfortable in the hot weather. And yes, I do handle it often.
I have a terrible time keeping my crucifixes intact. I am very physically active and so far I’ve had 3 crucifixes get stuck on this or that and the corpus falls off.
Ever since I just carry an old fashion Rosary in my pocket and a brown scapular. Never leave home without it.
I keep a “Our Lady of Guadalupe” medal on my badge at work.
But what I find most useful to others and my spiritual life is to do the basic catholic things really, really well…
I pray before meals - regardless of where I’m eating that meal or the size of the meal. I do the Sign of the Cross and it doesn’t matter who is watching or looking.
Confession and Communion - weekly.
Pray the Rosary every day.
I don’t hide my catholicism, I just live it. If it raises interest or questions in others…I answer the questions.
You’d be amazed at the various reactions of people when I give them the “straight ahead” answer as I believe it.
I was praying the Rosary in the chapel (like every day) alone, in silence and someone came in and eventually got around to asking what it was and how it originated.
Among the many things I told 'em - I said, " In the 12th century, the Immaculate, Perpetual Virgin, Mother of God revealed the Rosary to St. Dominic in the format that we enjoy today."
The person looked at me like I had a paper head; asked me if I truly believed that to which I said “yes, of course”.
No more questions from him…I returned to my Rosary.
So you see, we can wear the crucifix in many ways.