Have you ever thought to yourself: “Why do Catholics do that?” Perhaps you even find yourself doing something that you only do because you see everyone else doing it. In this space each week I hope to address the question: “why do Catholics do that?”

Why do Catholics make the sign of the Cross?

09-27-2015Why do Catholics do that?

(Ezekiel 9:4, Luke 9:23)
The Cross is one of the most important symbols to Catholics. It is the sign of our salvation. Early in the Church it became customary to make signs of the cross on the forehead. This likely came from Ezekiel 9:4 which in the Douay-Rheims version of the Bible, is described as a Tau (T), or a cross.


Why do Catholics pray to Saints?

09-20-2015Why do Catholics do that?

(Revelation 5:8; 8:4)
Has anyone ever asked you why Catholics pray to Saints? They will say that the Saints are dead and that by praying to them we are worshiping them. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, the Saints are not dead! A canonized Saint is someone that we know is in heaven.


Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest?

09-13-2015Why do Catholics do that?

(John 20:21-23)
Confession, also called Reconciliation, is elevated to the level a Sacrament in the Catholic Church. It was given to the Church by Christ when He appeared to the Apostles in the upper room saying: "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you...Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained" (John 20:21-23).


Why do some Catholic women wear veils in church?

09-05-2015Why do Catholics do that?

(1 Cor. 11:6)
While not too common today (though becoming more and more popular, especially among younger women), women have worn some sort of head covering in churches for close to 2000 years. Why? Perhaps the most flattering response to this common question is: "Because we veil the sacred". Consider Moses coming down the mountain with his face veiled because he had just seen the Lord (Exodus 34: 35). Consider the veil that separated the sanctuary from the from the people in the Temple. Consider also how the Eucharist is veiled by the tabernacle today. It is also the practice in many churches to veil the chalice.


Why do Catholics genuflect (go down on one knee) or bow profoundly before they sit in their pews?

08-30-2015Why do Catholics do that?

To answer this question we must know that as Catholics, we believe that Jesus is ACTUALLY present in the Church. He dwells in the Tabernacle (the golden box in the front of the Church) in the form of Eucharistic bread.