This October take a look at these books to increase your understanding of the Sign of the Cross.

For Adults

“The Sign of the Cross: The Fifteen Most Powerful Words in the English Language” by St. Francis De Sales, Christopher O. Blum

“As they did for the Calvinists in St. Francis’s day, so in our day these pages will bring you a better understanding and a renewed love for the Sign of the Cross, that brief and lively exterior prayer by which, from time immemorial, God has been invoked by serious Christians before all of their endeavors.”

For Families

“The Sign of the Cross” by Msgr. Gaume

Msgr. Gaume has compiled a magnificent collection of history and commentary from the saints and fathers and doctors, as well as his own meditations and exhortations regarding this most powerful prayer. An entire book on the Sign of the Cross might seem boring – trust me, it is absolutely fascinating. You will never make this holy sign in haste again.

For Children

“Every Time I Do My Cross” by Prsv. Angela Alatzakis

What it’s about: How we make the sign of the cross, and some of the reasons why we do. The book follows a boy (named James) through his Sunday; waking up, going to church, liturgy, church school, a soccer game, riding his bike, eating with his family, and going to bed. During these events in his day, he tells us why he does his cross.