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“Why do Catholics genuflect?

Catholics genuflect because we are often in the presence of the Supreme Revelation, who is not a piece of data but a glorious Person. “Jesus Christ is the redeemer of the human race and is the center of human history and the cosmos,” as Pope John Paul II writes in the beginning of his first encyclical. Socrates asked, What is truth? Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths. Mohammed claimed to bear witness to the truth. But only Jesus of Nazareth dared to say, “I am…the truth” (John 14:6).

—from Al Kresta, Why Do Catholics Genuflect?

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“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

— St. Augustine

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“The invitation to lift up our hearts at the most important part of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is an invitation by Jesus through the voice of the priest to give our hearts to the Father, as He gave His life for us. We prepare to make our hearts and lives a total self-gift to the Father as Jesus made Himself a total gift to the Father for us on the Cross.”

— Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

 

 

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