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Why do we make the sign of the cross? (Part 2)

Last week, we mentioned that the sign of the cross is a prayer itself that effectively makes God present among us as we call upon His name. We also perform this gesture as a reminder and a renewal of what took place at our Baptisms. When we were baptized, we died with Christ to this world and rose again to new life (Rom 6:3-4). By this sacrament, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13) and received an indelible, spiritual mark that incorporates us into Christ (CCC 1272). The early Christians would make the sign of the cross to signify this spiritual mark of belonging to Christ and proclaiming their loyalty to Him. Just as livestock is branded with a physical mark by its shepherd, we too are spiritually marked by our Divine Shepherd. Thus, the sign of the cross is not only a prayer, but a mark of discipleship. By it, we recommit to our baptismal promises, declare our loyalty to Christ, and are empowered in our fight against evil and temptation.