Why Do We Do That?

Why do we Catholics use missals instead of Bibles during Mass?

As a Catholics, you’ve probably heard, “Catholics don’t read the Bible.” “They don’t even have Bibles in their pews!” Followed by examples of Bible “abuse” in the past of the Catholic Church where she chained Bibles to the pulpits (true) so the faithful couldn’t study them (false), or burned copies of the Bible (true) because,…

What do I do with my old palm branches, worn-out rosary, or broken crucifix?

Catholics who frequently use sacramentals (brown scapulars, St. Benedict medals, blessed rosary beads, etc.) often run into a problem when the object breaks or wears out. What should be done with these holy objects? Is it okay to simply throw them in the trash? To briefly summarize, sacramentals are anything set apart or blessed by the…

Why do we pray the Rosary?

According to Catholic tradition, St. Dominic was given the rosary by the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1214 in the Monastery of Prouille. Since then, it has become one of the Catholic Church’s powerful tools of prayer. Here are five reasons to pray the rosary—one for each decade. 1) The Blessed Mother gave us 15 Promises…

Why do Church seasons change?

The first words of the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, drawn from the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, summarize the profound meaning of the liturgical celebrations of the Church and their organization: Holy Church celebrates the saving work of Christ on prescribed days in the course of the…