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Why Do Some Catholics Kiss Their Thumb After Making The Sign Of The Cross?

Why Do Some Catholics Kiss Their Thumb After Making The Sign Of The Cross?

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Full Question

I notice that Latinos in my parish kiss their thumb after making the sign of the cross. Why?

Answer

They actually are kissing a cross formed by placing the thumb and forefinger at right angles. Kissing the cross (as we do on Good Friday) is an ancient gesture of devotion. It implies a humble acceptance of one’s own cross in imitation of Jesus.

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