Thank you for your
questions. You are definitely not offending anyone or being disrespectful by
your questions. I actually thought your inquiry seemed quite humble and
respectful. I am most happy try to assist you.
Regarding why we ask a
priest for forgiveness, you can find an answer to that question
("make the Sign of the Cross and bend on one knee before sitting on a pew"),
this is done because Catholics are giving an outward sign of respect to the Holy
Eucharist, which is Christ's actual Body & Blood. To understand Catholic beliefs
concerning the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, please see
Note that the Holy
Eucharist is kept in the tabernacle and Catholics are supposed to genuflect in
the direction of the Tabernacle. You can find some more information (including
Scripture quotes) regarding kneeling
For other Scripture
references that support Catholic beliefs, please
You can also find
information on a variety of Catholic beliefs & practices
BTW, regarding making
the Sign of the Cross, this is an ancient tradition which has been documented
back to at least the second century. It is a public profession of our faith in
Jesus and has been known to be powerful against the devil. The following quote
is from the Catholic Encyclopedia...
"Of all the above
methods of venerating this life-giving symbol and adopting it as an emblem, the
marking of a little cross seems to be the most ancient. We have positive
evidence in the early Fathers that such a practice was familiar to Christians in
the second century. 'In all our travels and movements', says Tertullian (De cor.
Mil., iii), 'in all our coming in and going out, in putting of our shoes, at the
bath, at the table, in lighting our candles, in lying down, in sitting down,
whatever employment occupieth us, we mark our foreheads with the sign of the
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