The Sign of the Cross

Recovering the Power of the Ancient Prayer

by Bert Ghezzi ’69Ph.D. (Loyola Press)


Making the sign of the cross is actually a powerful and multilayered prayer. After the author explains the symbol’s history and how it engages the Holy Spirit, he discusses how Catholics can utilize this ancient sign in their daily life. Using scripture, church teaching and his own prayer life, Ghezzi describes how the sign offers an opening to God, a renewal of baptism, a mark of discipleship, an acceptance of suffering, a defense against the devil and a victory over self-indulgence.

(May 2004)