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This is why Catholics genuflect when they come to church. They know that this is a holy place, and to be found on one’s knee is a very good posture in such precincts. It says, ceremonially, not verbally, ‘I am a creature and thou art my Creator. I am thy child and thou art my Father. I am a subject and thou art my Sovereign. And, alas, I am a sinner, and thou art holy.’ To kneel, only briefly, in this fashion is to order one’s body as well as one’s mind to what is true.

—Thomas Howard

from On Being Catholic

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