SEPTEMBER 2, 2007, Vol 57, No 18

We understand the Church's stand on adultery of which re-marrying is also considered adultery, in fact looking at someone lustfully and re-marrying is adulterous. However, there is an exception to this, as in the case of annulment on the grounds of the Bible verse, "saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery" and some others which are on a case to case basis.

One of the obvious reasons would be that as long as there is sign of consummation, like having a child or children, the marriage cannot be annulled. This is an ongoing debate but I am actually addressing this not to divorced couples but to couples who have taken their marriage vows.

It must be made clear to us that this is a life-long contract with no exceptions. Let it be known that breaking a matrimonial vow is a serious disobedience to the commandments of God per se. In such cases the couples concern will not even be allowed to receive Holy Communion. Anyone who sees such person receiving could advise that person or inform the priests or ministers concerned.

By Frances Ong

I grew up in a shop house in North Bridge Road. Below the living quarters is a hairdresser shop. Every morning, a gentleman who worked in the bank would come with a wig for the hairdresser to set. In the evening, a woman would come for the wig to be attached to her head. It was only later that I realized that the gentleman and woman were the same person.

One of the hairdressers was a beautiful and demure lady who "married" another woman who had gone for a sex change-operation. Sometime my mother and I used to go to the near-by, infamous Johore Road to buy supper. Often, we would see transvestite being arrested.

I grew up accepting them as a normal part of my social environment. I do not see them as different or deviant. I was not aware that gays, lesbian and transvestites had to handle societal discrimination, prejudice and intolerance.

As homosexuals have begun to push for more social acceptance in Singapore, the mainstream society has to face the issue of how to co-exist with them.

I, too have to grapple with this issue as my religion do not accept or make allowance for the existence of the homosexual lifestyle in the community. At best, they are asked to live a celibate live before they are accepted into the fold. Some choose this difficult and disciplined path because their faith is important to them while others kick the dust off their feet and join other churches that embrace them and their lifestyles with open arms.

As one human being to another, I want to accept them as persons accorded with the same courtesy, respect and regard as I would provide to any other heterosexual.

However as a person belonging to a particular religious affiliation, there are certain rules, doctrines and decrees that we have to adhere to. For example, most religions do not accept the taking of life and if someone kills, we have to have the courage to say that it is wrong.

But is being homosexual as serious as being a murder or is it just a matter of lifestyle choice?

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Homosexuals will argue that they are no different from other heterosexual people apart from their sexual preferences. They laugh, cry, are able to remain faithful to one person, and have feelings. Each time they face discrimination and prejudices in school, in the work place and in society they are hurt.

As for us heterosexuals, isn't it the time for us to consider this issue rationally? Regardless of our religious preference, I am very sure that most of the religions in Singapore demand and extol us to treat every human with the dignity and respect they deserve. Even a convicted murderer deserves our respect no matter how atrocious the crime he has committed. Every reformed criminal should be given a chance to be integrated into society.

Perhaps in our continued journey of open discussion with the gay community, we must remember that we have to respect each other's personal and social space. The gay community should not demand that we change our religious viewpoints in order to accommodate them while the heterosexual community should not treat the gay as a social outcast.

This August has been the month of gay pride. Are we as a society ready to engage each other in dialogue so that mutual understanding can be developed? Can the gay accept the fact that the certain heterosexual religious groups will not be able to or are willing to give up their religious preferences just as the gay are not willing or able to give up their sexual preferences?

Or would the gays continue to be treated like the mutants like those in the X-Men trilogy? Is there a Professor Charles Xavier in Singapore who is able to bridge this widening gap between these two communities?

The writer does not accept the homosexual lifestyle but is willing to accept the homosexual community is one that is made up of human beings.

Aileen Ong, a parishioner of Church of St. Teresa, tells the story of how the "Mission 4 Nutrition" programme started and of her involvement with Gawad Kalinga (which means "Giving-Care").

I WAS TOUCHED by the extreme poverty and suffering, especially of innocent children, in the Philippines after viewing the Gawad Kalinga (GK) website and GK videos.

GK is a non-government, faith-based organization in the Philippines that helps build homes and new lives for the poor living in slums.

When GK's Tony Meloto came to Singapore to speak at a forum at Church of St. Teresa, I shared with him my desire to create a Mission for Nutrition for malnourished children of GK. On Christmas Eve 2006, the Magnificat Children's Choir in St. Teresa's launched the "Mission 4 Nutrition" (M4N).

In January 2007, I spent five days in Metro Manila visiting GK sites and touring slum areas. There, amidst the stench and filth were young kids, barefoot, grimy-faced and undernourished but still smiling. Many have to scavenge on rubbish heaps for a meal each day!

I was wrenched and felt so unworthy as a Christian. I realized I had packaged my faith to be comfortable and convenient, seeming efficiently engaged in church service, yet barely scraping the surface of what Jesus meant by "Love your neighbour as yourself".

These were my neighbours. I had found my life's mission. I put together components for a feeding programme. The Magnificat Choir children helped.

We committed to feed 100 children, with a budget of $5,000 to launch the programme in April 2007, in Baseco, Tondo, formerly a slum notorious for its high crime rate. It was ravaged by fire in 2004 and subsequently rebuilt by GK with almost 1,000 homes.

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GK adopts a process of preparing beneficiaries to live by Gospel values in community. This transforms lives of residents and restores the dignity of Filipino men, now gainfully employed. Crime disappeared in Baseco. Schools, a clinic, community hall, beautiful and bright-coloured houses with flower and vegetable gardens sprouted.

I shared my mission with Catholic school principals, many of whom expressed interest. Then the Philippines Ambassador, Belen Anota informed me of the state visit by President S. R. Nathan of Singapore to the Philippines in February 2007. He had requested to visit Baseco.

This changed my plans. I spoke to Brother Michael Broughton of St. Joseph's Institution (SJI) and the Christian Brothers schools contributed over $30,000 so that President Nathan was able to give a cheque of one million pesos to the children of Baseco as a gift from the children of Singapore. This enabled 500 children to receive the feeding.

Another miracle was the building of the "Feeding Kitchen". It required another $6,000. This came unexpectedly when Siemens Pte Ltd Singapore donated $10,000. The kitchen is named "Singapore Wellness Club".

With the help of volunteers, 118 children, aged three to six, enjoy a nutritious "optimal" shake every school- day, for a whole year. Actual feeding started only in April 2007 as healthcare and mother volunteers were recruited and trained, and families orientated to support the children at home with nutritious food.

My mission took on a much wider perspective when I found out that over 80 percent of the kids suffered from tuberculosis and had badly decayed milk teeth. It costs 500 pesos (about S$16) to feed one child per month and S$160 for a complete treatment of tuberculosis over six months.

CHIJ Kellock responded with an eight-month collection of just S$1 per student per month, enough to sponsor another 48 children from the Singapore-GK village community of Baseco for a year. Later this month, three villages will start the M4N programme for 130-150 children.

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To all Ninoys in Singapore I extend this invitation to become "Balik-Bayans" (returning heroes). Let us work with the wonderfully dedicated leaders and workers of GK to create a healthy and happy Philippines, free of hunger, free of slums.

And to all my brethren in the Catholic community and in Singapore, who are so blessed by God, let's spare a little and share with those who have nothing. We need to teach our children to build bridges of friendship and hope to those of our neighbours who are in dire poverty.

GK has so far created over 3,000 villages. It has become a template for transformation of communities in poverty and is present now in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Cambodia, India, Timor Leste, South Africa and will soon be in Vietnam. GK is truly a thriving testimony of "church in this modern world".

This is made possible with the worldwide network of Couples For Christ members who created and embraced GK as their social mission.

You can show your support for GK at the LOVE Concert on Saturday Sep 15 at 7.30pm and Sunday Sep 16 at 2.00pm at the Auditorium of St. Joseph's Institution, Malcolm Road. Proceeds will go to the "Mission 4 Nutrition".

By Marlene Teo

Inspired by the Blessed Pope John XXIII who convoked the Vatican II Council in 1962, with the prayer: "O Lord, renew your wonders in our days, as by a new Pentecost...", SACCRE (Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal) Youth held a two-day Conference on Youth LISS taking the theme ‘As By A New Pentecost'.  

A total of 154 people, mostly youth leaders from various groups and communities across the archdiocese, participated in this conference at the auditorium of St. Teresa Church on Aug 4-5. A number of people serving in the catechetical ministry also participated in the conference.

The Life In the Spirit Seminars (LISS) is a series of seminars designed as an introduction to a life lived in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. For the last 30 years, the LISS has been offered to millions of Catholics around the world.

The Conference on Youth LISS aimed to be a time of learning, understanding and sharing experiences about the LISS for youth leaders and those involved in the apostolate of young people. It also sought to answer various questions about LISS and young people through talks, question-and-answer forums, testimonies and small group discussions.

Father Gino Henriques, a well-known Redemptorist priest who has been involved in the Charismatic Renewal for the past 37 years, was the main speaker of the conference. Through his talks, Father Gino started out by giving a clear understanding that the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a special gift of the Holy Spirit for the Church that is originated from the Vatican II Council. Quoting the late Pope John Paul II, he shared that: "The Charismatic Renewal was born in the Church and for the Church!"

During the talk, he also explained how and what the LISS is, especially about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit was explained clearly in the context of the Bible and the rich sacramental grace and tradition of the Catholic Church. Finally, he emphasized on the importance of continuous growth after attending LISS and the relevance of LISS for the formation of young people today.

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Archbishop Nicholas Chia, in his homily for the Mass on the first day of the conference, urged all the young people gathered to be more available to what God is asking from them. "You need the Holy Spirit to be a true disciple of Christ, you need the power of the Holy Spirit also to bring others to Christ", he said. Also present during the event, were Father Valerian Cheong and two seminarians from St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary.

Referring to the message of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for World Youth Day 2008, SACCRE Youth Councillor Yohannes Iwan, highlighted that for many Christians, the Holy Spirit still remains as the ‘Great Unknown'.

"The Holy Father has invited young people around the world to rediscover and deepen our relationship with the Holy Spirit. And for us in Singapore, I believe the LISS could be one effective tool to lead young people to enter this life under the influence and guidance of the Holy Spirit. We hope that through this conference, there will be more new initiatives to conduct LISS for young people, especially in parishes," he said.

When asked about which part of the conference they enjoyed the most, many were glad that they came as they have learnt and benefited much from the two days of sharing and input sessions.

"I love especially the Q&A session as many of my doubts were cleared instantly." said Priscilla Tan, 21, a newly baptized youth from the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Another participant, Eugene Wee, 22, from Our Lady Queen of Peace parish, said, "What struck me was that even today, the Charismatic Renewal as basic Christian living is still applicable."

More information about the upcoming initiatives from SACCRE Youth and resources from this Conference may be obtained from their website: www.saccre-youth.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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A personal sharing

By Marlene Teo

I have never been a big fan of seminars and conferences as they sound so boring to me. Naturally, when my youth coordinator told me about Conference on Youth LISS "As By A New Pentecost" that was to be held on Aug 4-5, I wasn't keen to go at all. After all, being trapped in a church auditorium is definitely not how I would want to spend my precious weekend!

As most of my members from Youth Arise Ministry were going, I tagged along as well, just to see what it was all about.

As it turns out, the Conference on Youth LISS "As By A New Pentecost" was inspired by the late Pope John XXIII who convoked the Vatican II Council in 1962, with this prayer: "O Lord, renew your wonders in our days, as by a new Pentecost..."

The conference aims to be a time of learning, understanding and sharing experiences about the LISS (Life In the Spirit Seminars) for youth/young adult. It also seeks to answer various questions about LISS and young people through talks, Q&A forum, testimonies and small group discussion.

Topics discussed were:

• What is the relevance of LISS for young people today?

• How is LISS related to the Sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation?

• What are the fruits of LISS for young people and for the life of parish?

• How should LISS and existing faith formation complement one another?

• How to conduct LISS that is effective for young people?

During the two days of the conference, there were heartfelt Praise & Worship sessions led by Zion's Joy, a youth ministry at the Immaculate Heart of Mary, testimonies from youths and insightful sessions by Father Gino Henriques, a well- known Redemptorist priest who has been involved in the Charismatic Renewal for the past 37 years. He is especially involved in preaching, teaching, formation, and healing both in the region as well as globally.

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Day One: Aug 4 (12.30pm - 9.00pm)

Father Gino explained some basics to us and talked about the Holiness movement from the Protestants. The Pentecostal movement has been around for some time but it took a while for Catholics to catch the fire as it wasn't the right time yet. Father Gino also delved into the history of the Charismatic Renewal - how it all started from the United States and how it is now spreading across the world.

We learnt that renewal is a transformation of life, not just over a few days or weeks after getting a spiritual high from the camp/ seminar. We tend to focus on the gifts (i.e. gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues) and forget about the giver (i.e. God).

Mass was celebrated by His Grace, Archbishop Nicholas Chia. It was the feast of St. John Vianney, the patron of priests. The Archbishop shared with us about the life of St. John Vianney. He was a wonderworker, well loved by everyone, retaining his childlike simplicity. St. John Vianney remains to this day, the living image of the priest after the heart of Christ.

St. John Vianney was very zealous in spreading the Good News of Jesus and never failed to attend to the needs of the people. He heard confessions of people from all over the world for sixteen hours each day. His life was filled with works of charity and love. It is recorded that even staunch sinners were converted at his mere word. St. John Vianney died on Aug 4, 1859, and was canonized on May 31, 1925.

His Grace shared that as youths, we should be emulating the life St. John Vianney. Since we are the shepherds in our ministry, we should try out best to tend to the needs of our members to be good stewards of Christ, just like St. John Vianney did.

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Day Two: Aug 5 (9.30am - 6.30pm)

The second day of the conference proved to be the start of an extremely meaningful experience for me. I learnt much from Father Gino's session on our human make-up. We were asked to draw four circles in our notebooks with "Inner Being" in the centre of the circle as the core of who and what we are.

The next circle is our mind, followed by emotions, and lastly, our body. Father Gino went on to share about how we should not live by our emotions but by our inner being, as our emotions and mind are immature. They do not always help us reach a wise decision. Learning to be more positive to our emotions, body and mind, with the guidance by our inner being, will help to lead us towards spiritual maturity.

As youth leaders in various ministries, it is vital for us to help the youths today to acknowledge their God experiences. We should also learn to fully surrender our lives to God as this leads to full experience with Him.

After lunch, we were broken up into small groups for sharing. There were four of us in my group and we shared about our God experiences. I was touched by some of the sharing as they made me realize that all of us are struggling with similar challenges in life and that I'm not alone in my Christian journey.

When asked about which part of the conference they enjoyed the most, many were glad that they came as they have learnt and benefited much from the two days of sharing and input sessions.

"I especially love the Q&A session as many of my doubts were cleared instantly." said Priscilla Tan, 21, a newly baptised youth from the Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

Another participant, Eugene Wee, 22, from Queen of Peace parish, said, "What struck me was that even today, the Charismatic Renewal as basic Christian living is still applicable."

As for myself, I was deeply touched by the Holy Spirit during the Praise and Worship sessions on the second day. The songs that we sang spoke to me and I found myself tearing with joy and thankfulness as I was praising and worshipping the Lord.

The highlight for me during the two-day conference was the Sunday mass celebrated by Father Gino. He led us to sing in tongues during different parts of the Mass. The auditorium was immediately filled with heavenly music - very refreshing as I've never seen this done at Mass before.

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For the first time in my life, I totally immersed myself and gave my full attention during Mass. I disregarded the people around me and closed my eyes to focus on the Lord. It felt as though only God and I were present in the auditorium. I've never experienced such tremendous love and joy at mass before. It was such a beautiful revelation!

The highest point for me was during the Eucharistic celebration. I've always envied those who could appreciate the Eucharist and view it with the utmost importance, respect and reverence as I've never been able to do that. Somehow, I just cannot relate and appreciate the body of Christ.

I prayed to God that He show me the beauty of receiving the Eucharist. Before I knew it, I was trying hard to fight back my tears as they start to well up in my eyes as I walked down the aisle for Holy Communion. When I returned to my pew and knelt down to pray, an overwhelming sense of love and mercy filled my inner being. Tears trickled down my cheeks. I was not only tearing but crying. I couldn't seem to stop. I was sobbing like a baby but I didn't care.

I had flashbacks of the times when I've sinned and turned my back on Him. I felt so guilty and unworthy of His forgiveness and grace. On the other hand, I was deeply touched by his unconditional love. The more I think about it, the more I cried. I cannot understand why He would give up his life to die on the cross for someone like me. It was an amazing God experience that no words could describe.

I walked away from this Youth LISS Conference feeling more empowered and better equipped with more knowledge on the Charismatic Renewal. Most importantly, I bring home a deep belief that no matter what I do, nothing will make Him love me any less.

I'm so thankful that I attended this conference as I'm reminded, once again, of how much He truly loves me. I pray that every youth will be able to have their God experience as there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that the world can offer that will ever come close to what the Holy Spirit can do in our lives. Amen!

By Dr Gabriel Oon

Have you been fascinated and wondered why Catholics and the Orthodox Christians make the Sign of the Cross, by drawing the thumb and two fingers downwards from head to chest, and then horizontally from one shoulder to the other. Who started this sign? When was it started? Why was it started? Who approved it?  Researching into it, I was helped greatly by Father Rene Nicholas from the MEP Mission House, who is our local church historian, who provided me with references in the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Usage of the Sign

The manual sign of the Cross is made in so many situations and is both liturgical and devotional. It is used in Baptism, Confirmation, the Anointment of the Sick, by new Catechumens at the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults, at Mass when we it is made by the Priest on the Gospel of the Bible, by the Parishioners when they hear the Word of God at Mass (mark is made on the fore head, the lips, and the heart). In extreme unction (the ancient Anointment of the Sick) the sign of the cross was made over the sick organ(s) too. It is made over the lips in the "Domine labia mea aperies" of the Divine Office and over the host and chalice after the words of consecration had been made at the Mass, when transubstantiation takes place to change the host and wine to the body and blood of Christ.

But when did it arise? There is positive evidence that the early Church Fathers practiced this in the early second century, as Tertullian, born AD 150, noted (De cor.Mil.,iii) said, " In all our travels and movements, in all our comings in and out, in putting of our shoes, at the bath, at the table, in lightning our candles, we mark our forehead with the sign of the cross." He even spoke about the Christian woman who use this for "signing of her bed", before retiring to rest. Epiphanus tells of a certain holy man (Adv. Haer.,xxx 12) called Josephus, who imparted on a vessel of water the power to overcome magical incarnations by "making over the vessel with his finger the sign of the cross". St Cyril of Jerusalem also of the early second century in his "Catecheses (xiii, 36) remarks " Let us not be ashamed to confess the crucified. Be the Cross our seal, made with boldness by our fingers on our brow; before we sleep; when we lie down, when we are traveling, and when we are at rest."

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Justin Martyr (died AD114), the first apologetic who refuted the Roman Emperor Adrianus, said that the symbols of the cross was in their belief of Christ and the Holy Spirit. Barnabas who traveled with St. Paul after the death of Christ in A.D. 30 (The Anti Nicean Fathers Vol.1 Eerdmans Publ), described in his epistle that the sign of the cross was prefigured in the Old Testament when water was used in the cleansing of sin, and that the Cross of Christ was frequently announced in the Old Testament and when Moses used the bronze serpent on the pole to heal the Israelites. Indeed in the early church, the holy sign of the cross and it had been used in all exorcisms and as a weapon against the spirits of darkness.

Half a century later Sozomen, the church historian (VII,xxvi) described how Bishop Donatus when attacked by a dragon made a sign of the cross in the air and spat at a monster". All this points to a larger cross being used, in the fourth century when the Universal church of Christ (Catholus = universal was one, before the schism of the Roman Catholic Church took place in the fourth century to form the Eastern (Orthodox) and the Latin (Roman Catholic) churches.

When did the three fingers arise? The monophysite controversy in the second and third centuries, of one person holding divine and human nature led to the institution of the two natures and two wills of Christ in the sign of the cross.

The two natures and will of Christ were signified by the thumb, and the two fingers. The extended three digits, the thumb, the index finger and the middle finger denoted the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity. At the same time these three fingers were held to indicate the common abbreviation used for Jesus Christ, the common abbreviation I X C ( Iseous Christos Soter) … the forefinger signifying the ‘I' , the middle finger serving the ‘C', the middle finger crossed with the thumb to signify ‘ X'.

Leo IV used the larger sign of the cross to sign onto the chalice and the host in the middle of the ninth century. The sign followed for many centuries was the "sign of Christ", ‘the seal of the living God', ‘In the name of Jesus'' In the name of the Holy Trinity' and the sign is made today over holy items, such as rosaries, cups, bodies etc.

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Who introduced it?

Was it a secret code used in the time of persecution of the early church?

If the sign was already in use in the early second century could it have been there from the time of Pentecost by the early Apostolic Fathers. The fish was first used as a sign of a Christian in the early Christian Community who suffered severe and extreme martyrdom by the Roman and Jewish persecutors. They were fed to the animals in the arena, crucified, stoned to death, beheaded, roasted on a pit or speared to death. Under such severe penalties of death to renounce their faith, the early Christian Communities went underground and worshipped in private homes and underground churches, some of which we see in Cappodocia in Turkey today.

Was this sign used then to identify the faithful Christian disciple during the time of extreme persecution to distinguish the genuine from infiltrators who were hunting the early Christians like Saul (Acts 9)?

Unfortunately there are few records of those early first century years of the Apostolic fathers, as the Christian Faith under extreme martyrdom , was handed down by the word of mouth and became embedded in our Catholic tradition and teachings. Even the Book of Life (Rev 20,12), which we use today for the elect, was, if it got into the hands of the persecutors (the Romans, the Pharisees, other pagan believers) of the infant church would be the ‘Book of Death'.

Could this simple identification sign used in the early church after Christ signify a secret code of a Christian disciple undergoing extreme persecution?

One ponders, could such an important sign be even be instituted by Jesus, the Christ, when He came back on resurrection? He said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." (John 20,21-22). " Go, then to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you .And I will be with you until the end of age( Matthew 28,19-20). The disciples were so petrified, and hid themselves and Jesus chided them for their poor faith (Mark 16:14-17).

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Would the simple disciples have asked Jesus, "Show us how to baptize?" just like they had asked Him "Lord, teach us how to pray?" ( Matthew 6:5-14). There was at that time only the Baptism of John by water for the repentance of Sin. (John 1:26, Mark 1:1-8). Could the Sign of the Cross, be the seal of Christ, the seal of the Holy Trinity, the Seal of God on the disciple as God's child, and Jesus gave this to His disciples before he sent them on their mission to be His apostles (Greek for sent)? He sent them on their new mission to remind them too that they had to carry their Cross (Matthew 10:38-39), and the cross was now also the cross of His crucifixion, which many of them had witnessed and would experience themselves. Under the severe persecution by the Romans for challenging their Emperor, who was their God and other pagan Roman and Greek Gods at that time, as well as the Jews rejecting the Jesus as the Messiah (Mark 14:53-65), the early church went underground.

Under this severe persecution there were many martyrs of the early church, who refused to renounce their new Faith. First Stephen was martyred by being stoned to death (Acts 7:54-60), then it was later James, the son of Zebedee by Herod (Acts 12:1-5). Even Peter was jailed but was saved by the angel (Acts 12:4-5). In the Church of the Holy Apostles in Rome, one can see how the 11 apostles were martyred, except St. John who died in Ephesus. Peter was crucified upside down, Andrew sideways, Bartholomew sawn in half, Simon the Zealot skinned alive and St. Paul beheaded in A.D. 65 by Nero

There was no record of the use of the Sign of the Cross in the first century, by the Roman Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus  (born A.D. 37), whose book the "The Jewish Antiquities (A.D. 70)" was authenticated by both Herod and Emperor Vespassian (his adopted father) as accurate. Josephus reported "There was a man, Jesus the Christ, who did phenomenal and astonishing deeds, but was put to death in A.D. 30, and reappeared to the joy of his followers and the sect of Christians lives to this day."

Could this lack of a written record of the Sign of the Cross be purposely kept completely secret, to safeguard the early church undergoing severe martyrdom?

St. John said, "Now there are many other things that Jesus did. If they were all written down one by one, I suppose the whole world could not hold the books that could be written (John 21:25)

Wouldn't this wonderful seal of Faith handed down to us from the early times of Christ and by God, be a beautiful endowment to protect us from all our fears and enemies (Luke 1:67-79) and shouldn't we treasure it even more?