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Reflection by Father Guardini

September 15, 2021

Dear Friends, 

As a result of my poor technical skills, a very long article by Father Cassian Folsom, OSB, was posted yesterday on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross.  Father Cassian’s article is very good, and I heartily recommend it!   

So as a bonus, today, I post the reflection by Father Guardini I intended to post yesterday. 

Enjoy and glean from them both very important insights into the spiritual life and the Sacred Liturgy. 

Peace and blessing, 

Father Sullivan 


“The Sign of the Cross” 

Sacred Signs 

By Romano Guardini 

When we cross ourselves, let it be with a real sign of the cross.  Instead of a small, cramped gesture that gives no notion of its meaning, let us make a large unhurried sign, from forehead to breast, from shoulder to shoulder, consciously feeling how it includes the whole of us, our thoughts, our attitudes, our body and soul, every part of us at once.  How it consecrates and sanctifies us. 


It does so because it is the Sign of the universe and the Sign of our redemption.  On the cross Christ redeemed mankind.  By the cross he sanctifies man to the last shred and fiber of his being.  We make the sign of the cross before we pray to collect and compose ourselves and to fix our minds and hearts and wills upon God.  We make it when we finish praying in order that we may hold fast the gift we have received form God.  In temptations we sign ourselves to be strengthened; in dangers to be protected.  The cross is signed upon us in blessings in order that the fulness of God’s life may flow into the soul and fructify and sanctify us wholly. 


Think of these things when you make the sign of the cross.  It is the holiest of all signs.  Make a large cross, taking time, thinking what you do.  Let it take in your whole being—body, soul, mind, will, thoughts, feelings, your doing and your not doing—and by signing it with the cross strengthen and consecrate the whole in the strength of Christ, in the name of the Triune God. 

"If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go,

take Christ, because He Himself is the way." -- Saint Thomas Aquinas

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