Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Question

Do you publicly profess your faith by making the sign of the cross and saying grace in restaurants?

14 comments:

Angela Messenger said...

I have but not all the time.

Karin said...

Yes, but not all the time (sad to say)

Dymphna said...

I do.

:o) said...

Yes, we do.

paramedicgirl said...

I always say grace, and most of the time I make the sign of the cross. The only exception is when I am with my co-workers. They all know I'm Catholic, and I'm sure they think I'm off the deep end with religion, so they probably would only raise their eyebrows if they saw me make the sign of the cross before eating (as well as secretly think that I belong in a psych ward -lol) I guess I find it easier to do this in public when no one knows me than to make an outward sign of faith in front of my coworkers. Go figure. I need courage, I guess.

Angela Messenger said...

PMGirl - I agree - it's easier to do this in front of strangers.

Feathered Friends said...

yes i do. we also say the blessing before meals ina restaraunt. i don't hide it at all.

318@NICE said...

Yes,

Dave

Shirley said...

Yup-even in Tim Hortons!

Terry Nelson said...

I usually do - and always make the sign of the cross when passing a Church as well. Although, I never make a show of either.

Fr. V said...

My priest friends and I pray the divine office in the coffee shop once a week. It is our day away and we don't look much like priests (as most of us are going off to mow Mom's lawn or some such thing.) People often mark what we do. We didn't even realize anyone noticed. Apparently it means quite a bit to some.

Feisty Muse said...

Definitely! In fact, dh and I often meet to eat in restaurants (he works the overnight shift) and our habit is to pray in two parts. He speaks the Table Blessing and I add: "And may the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of Christ, rest in peace" from the Prayer after meals. If we don't pray for the souls in purgatory then we are afraid we will forget. So, dh says his piece, I say mine, and we make the Sign of the Cross together.
I used to be too chicken but finally decided that was silly. Dh and I don't see one another often and it is important to us to pray together as often as possible. This makes it possible.
Regards,
Feisty Muse

paramedicgirl said...

Father V, that's wonderful that you pray the Divine Office publicly with other priests! What a great way to publicly profess your faith. I bet it gives other people who see this the courage to also pray publicly.

Feisty Muse - I like your idea of praying for the Holy Souls after saying grace. I pray daily for their souls, too, but I do this separately from the grace prayer.

AquinaSavio: said...

Yes, my parents got me in the habit. I even do it in front of my Baptist friend. Lol. :D