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John 8:32

 …you will know the truth,
and the
truth
will set you free.

The Catholic Church has been devoted to spreading truth since she was founded by Christ over 2,000 years ago. The late Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said,

“It is easy to find truth; it is hard to face it, and harder still to follow it.”

Pray that Christ will lead you to find truth, and that your heart will be open to the truth wherever you may find it.

Why Do Catholics Do That?

Make the Sign of the Cross

It introduces and closes prayers; it is a prayer in itself; it can be made with or without words.  It reminds us of the two central realities of our faith: who God is (the Trinity) and what God has done for us (the Cross).

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Kneel at Mass

“Kneeling … comes from the Bible and its knowledge of God.” In particular, “Saint Luke… tells us that Jesus prayed on His knees. This prayer, the prayer by which Jesus enters into His Passion, is an example for us.”

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Revere the Tabernacle

It is a sign of reverence and worship as we pass the Eucharist in the Tabernacle to genuflect on the right knee. If the tabernacle were empty, we would not genuflect to it.

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Strike the Breast

We strike our breast”, declares St. Jerome, “because the breast is the seat of evil thoughts: we wish to dispel these thoughts, we wish to purify our hearts.”

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Sign with Holy Water

It is meant to be a reminder of our Baptism and provides an opportunity to leave behind the secular and enter into the sacred.

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Pray the Rosary

The Rosary is a combination of vocal and mental prayer, during which one reflects on the important events in the life of Jesus and Mary.

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Stand for the Gospel

The Gospel is the Word of God and to hear it is a great honor therefore the faithful stand.

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What Do Those Symbols Really Mean?

The Crucifix

A symbol of sacrifice and atonement since Jesus dies for the sins of the world.

1 Corinthians 1:23
…but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles…

Alpha and Omega

The first and last letters of the Greek alphbet have been used since the fourth century as symbols expressing the confidence in the scriptural proofs of God.

Revelation 22:13
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

The Fish

One of the oldest Christian symbols used to identify each other as Christians or to mark secret meeting place in times of persecution. The Greek word for fish is “Ichthus”, which is also an acronym for Jesus.

I
esous CHristos THeou Uios Soter

Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior

Crossed Keys

The metaphorical keys to the kingdom of heaven, given to St. Peter by Jesus Christ.

Matthew 16:19
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…

Check out the typology on this symbol in the Old Testament
Isaiah 22:22