Some confusion arises concerning whether it is proper to genuflect before receiving the Holy Communion. The Scared Congregation for Sacraments and Divine worship did state, “When the faithful communicate kneeling, no other sign of reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament is required, since kneeling is itself a sign of Adoration. When they receive Holy Communion standing,
The primary reason why Catholic Church asks her members to confess their sins to a priest is simply because the Church has always believed that sin, however private, is a community affair. Every sin, however small, wounds the Body of Christ (the Church). In the confessional the priest is the representative of God and the
The pope is elected by the cardinals of the Church in a meeting called conclave. The word conclave (Latin, cum + clavis, literally, “locked with the key”) designates the place in a locked section of the Vatican where the cardinals remain until a new pope is elected. It is also used to designate the actual
Sacred Tradition embraces both the handing on process of the gospel message, and its products; that is, the various forms and ways in which God’s Word moves from the apostles to the present age. The Church is Justified in affirming the importance of Sacred Tradition as a source of beliefs and practices. Much of the
At the dawn of the 17th century, the making of the King James Bible version was initiated by the English King James the first. Since its first distribution in 1611, about five hundred other translations have been published in English. One obvious justification for these translations is that the English-speaking world has changed; no one
Because these people have grown up with him and his relatives, they can’t believe there is anything special about him. There skepticism makes it impossible for him to perform dramatic miracles. All he can do is to heal a few individuals. His followers observe Jesus closely. They see his surprise and sadness, but he doesn’t
Mark tells us it was because their hearts were still hard (Mark 6:52). Even though they had witnessed the multiplication of the loaves, they couldn’t quite grasp who Jesus was. And even after Jesus rose from the dead, many of them still didn’t believe. But despite their weaknesses, the disciples persevered. What kept them going?
Some people say that one should be sure of salvation. They believe and teach others that a child of God should be sure that he is saved and that he or she has no more sin. This sort of teaching has a history. Dr. Martin Luther, a 16th century professor of theology in the University
The Bible summarizes the attitude of Jesus towards sinners (Jn. 8:10-11; Lk. 7:36-48). Our Lord Jesus told us that He was sent to this world not to condemn sinners, but to save the world that was ruled by sin (Jn. 3:17). Our God is so kind and considerable to us sinners. The Psalmist asks:” if
The Bible does not condemn any of these professions; it however condemns evil practices that some members of these professions practice. When the soldiers came to john the Baptist, he did not condemn them because they were soldiers; he simply gave advice on how they should live: Denounce no one falsely. Be content with your pay.