What does it mean to have an intention or to speak of the "will" in a human being?
Perhaps we should bring this up to the spiritual level and discuss the "Will" as we sometimes see it spelled.
This is one of those esoteric concepts often spoken of but also somewhat difficult to grasp without a direct experience, yet if one experiences it, there's not a lot of mistaking to be had.
I would venture to guess that most people who experience their own Will (or the Will of the Higher Self, which is perhaps a more accurate way of framing this) may not know it by that title; in other words, most people, especially mystics, probably experience the Will without necessarily calling it that.
In any prayer that we do, in any spiritual action we take, including something as simple as making the Sign of the Cross, the intention is extremely important. Knowing and intending a certain outcome is what ultimately makes the action efficacious. Father Sergio spoke of something similar at Mass this past Sunday.
It isn't the action in and of itself; it's the action serving as a container for particular spiritual energy that has been "stamped" by an intention. We must take our spiritual life seriously and intentionally.
The next time you make the Sign of the Cross, realize what your intention is. Pay attention to what you want to accomplish. Be aware of the gestures you're making.
Let us reflect on these things.