What do I need to know to become Catholic?

Dear Theologika, I was invited by a friend to go with him to Mass at his church. I really like what I see in the Catholic Church and I would like to become a member. What do I need to know and how long does it take? Looking into this. Dear Looking, That’s great....

Reconciliation – Walking Together Again

Dear Theologika, Why has the Church changed the name of the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) to Reconciliation? Isn’t it supposed to be about doing penance to make up for our sins? Mary Dear Mary, The sacrament of Reconciliation has a long history, dating back...

Crucifix or Cross?

Dear Theologika, Why do Catholics typically have a crucifix in their homes and churches rather than crosses? Just Wondering Dear Wondering, For Catholics, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are all part of the mystery of salvation, the Paschal Mystery. No part...

What is the Domestic Church?

Dear Theologika, I heard someone refer to the domestic church. What is it? Wondering Dear Wondering, The domestic church is the church in your home. We often think that prayer, worship, and acts of charity and justice happen only outside our home in the wider church...

Why all the bother about social justice?

Dear Theologika, Why is there all this bother about social justice? I’m a good Catholic. I go to Mass and confession and say my prayers. Why do I need to worry about social justice too? Perplexed in the Pews Dear Perplexed, When Jesus was asked what the greatest...

Why a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus?

Dear Theologika, Why is there this big devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Don’t people realize that Jesus loves them unconditionally? Dear Unconditionally, Unfortunately, many people don’t experience unconditional love when they are growing up. Sometimes they can...

Why do Catholics worship the Virgin Mary?

Dear Theologika, Why do Catholics worship the Virgin Mary? Wondering Dear Wondering, This is a common misunderstanding of the devotion Catholics have for Mary the Mother of God. Catholics do not worship the Virgin Mary. Catholics, like other Christians, only worship...

We Proclaim His Death

Dear Theologika, What does it mean that “every time we eat His body and drink His blood we proclaim His death?” I thought He was Alive Dear Alive, St. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 11, from whence we get the saying, is teaching about the Eucharist and what the...