Does anyone here know what this means, or accomplishes?
I've always been an atheist, so I know the answer is nothing, but I just want to hear an ex-religious point of view. What did it mean to you when you used to do it?
I've seen people do this under many circumstances, specially when they hear someone has died. I've seen it in movies when...they...well, "see a demon." Athletes also do it before or after their event.
Let's just say that it actually does "something," what would it do...exactly? I've seen movies where someone has been murdered, and the person who finds the body immediately does the sign of the cross. Why? Are they saying, "Oh, my god! Someone was decapitated...in the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit?" Again, if doing the sign of the cross and saying those words actually does something, what did it do to or for the victim? Bless them? May this horrendous act be in God's name? Are they saying, "This is God's will, and I accept it?" Or, is it more for the one who found the body? What does it do to or for them when they do the sign of the cross? Does it create some type of "invisible, invincible shield" that protects them from those horrendous things? Why would they want to be "protected" from things that are...well, most of the time, in their world: "In the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit?"
When I was a little girl I met two monsters, later in life I met two more, (that's what I call people with an extreme lack of conscience, --those who sing and dance and laugh as they hurt you.) All four of them used to do the sign of the cross, constantly. I started to associate monsters with that. Now it bothers me when I see people doing that, in part because of what I just said, and in part because I don't understand what it means.--symbolically, or logically.