The Crucifix (Latin for "one affixed or nailed to a cross") is a wooden cross which bears the corpus (body) of the Crucified Christ, suffering and dying as the Redeemer of the world. For many Christians who are not Catholic, portraying Jesus on a cross is perplexing. Did Jesus not die, rise from the dead, conquer death, and transcend the horrible agony of the cross? Yet in just about every Catholic Church you enter, you will find a crucifix prominently displayed. In other Christian churches, you will often find a simple cross without the corpus. In the Catholic perspective, to see Jesus hanging on the cross reminds us not only of what happened 2,000 years ago, but also of the Body of Christ suffering now in all of His members worldwide. Of course, Jesus has risen from the dead into glory, but his Body, the Church and all persons of goodwill, still suffer and die here on earth. The crucifix symbolizes the ongoing redemption of the world which begins in Jesus' birth, continues in his suffering and death on the cross and culminates in his resurrection from the dead. The crucifix reminds us of this wonderful truth.