But why would I want to? Is it really important? Sticklers for perfection in ritual might worry about it but does God? Does the hand I use to make the sign of the cross make any difference whatsoever to the meaning of it? Is the left handed priest I saw in the Summer in error and offending God by using the ‘wrong’ hand?
Let’s face it, history tells us that ALL Catholics do the sign of the cross wrong and that it should be right shoulder before left - as it is in the Orthodox church. Someone somewhere mirrored the priest instead of doing as the priest does and we swapped over. Does it matter? No. God hasn’t cursed us for going left to right. He hasn’t cursed them for going right to left. He’s more concerned with the prayer as a living reality.
I bet I use the ‘wrong’ hand position when making the sign of the cross too. Especially as for the first half I find I tend to be more Catholic and for the second half more Orthodox - thus getting the best of both worlds symbolically but not fitting into any ‘proper’ system.
As for having to genuflect a certain way because centuries ago people wanted to differentiate between life in a castle and life in a church, that’s really utterly meaningless now. The tradition (with a very small t) might have had meaning then, but not anymore. We know full well that we’re worshipping God, and God knows we’re worshipping Him and that’s what is ultimately important. (As long as we actually ARE worshipping him and not just going through the motions and the rituals)
traditions (small t) can be good and meaningful. But what was a good tradition once, full of meaning, can over the years become devoid of meaning and held onto more because it’s ‘what we’ve always done’ rather than anything else. And that’s when we start to turn the traditions of men into the commandments of God and become like the Pharisees.
End of moan. That moan was too long.
(In any case, my right wrist has lots of problems too but that’s another story)