Last week I wrote about people in the archdiocese putting evangelization into practice by making the sign of the cross and praying grace in public places. Of course, this is not something new. In this painting, the great early 15th century English mystic, Julian of Norwich, is making the sign of the cross as she blesses a person seeking her prayer.
Yesterday and Today
A fellow Brit, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, following in Julian’s footsteps and seeking to make more ermanent some of the graces of the Holy Father’s visit is asking Catholics to bless themselves openly with the sign of the cross, to offer to pray for people and to make such remarks to people as “God bless you,” as a way to make one’s faith more visible in daily life. It seems that the New Evanglization is finding a place on both sides of the pond!