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Purification and Enlightenment

One of the most challenging, most exciting and most meaningful of the “jobs” I did as a Director of Religious Education for the thirty years that I was in that profession was working with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It was a process for those who were exploring entrance into the Catholic Church that lasted as least nine months and for some longer. During that time those in this process listened to presentations on Catholic doctrine/teaching, asked questions and discussed the answers with sponsors, catechists and among themselves, and slowly discerned whether …

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Is the Church an Image of Compassion and Mercy?

Recently I had the opportunity to meet a courageous and good woman and mom.  A single parent of 4 children, she desires to raise her children to be adults with good morals, with an education to be productive citizens and independent, and she asks the Church to help her.  I shared with her the statics that show “faith is good for kids.”  Studies show that families, who pray together in the home, attend Church services together and have relationships with other members of their Church community usually become adults with faith.  These adults with faith …

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Exorcisms and “Extra Stuff” this Lent

You may have noticed some “extra stuff” at Mass this Lent. Rest assured there will be more “extra stuff” this Sunday as well. While some may still hear the regular Cycle C Readings this Sunday, many (if not most) will notice that the Readings will come from Cycle A. Fr. Satish has written a wonderful reflection for the Cycle A Gospel Reading about the “Man Born Blind” (John 9: 1-41).  Many of you will also have the privilege to experience the 2nd RCIA Scrutiny which is based on the story of the Man Born Blind. …

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Random Chaos Interspersed with Amazing ‘Discussion

This weekend, many who are catechumens and candidates in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults will experience the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion, respectively. Our prayers are with them, their sponsors, their families and their faith communities as they continue to prepare to be received into the Church at Easter. Have you been RCIA’d?   Definitely is one form of random chaos for which I can be grateful! Rather to my astonishment I currently find myself director of our regional RCIA program.  As an understatement, my involvement has given me a …

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Faith & Hope in the Midst of a Storm

‘Marilyn’ was excited to continue her journey of faith in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.  She was baptized in a Baptist Church and for a long time was actively living out her faith.  Somewhere along the way as the days and years passed by, she was not as active in seeking a deeper relationship with God.  She was introduced to the Catholic Church by a friend who loved the Church and his faithfulness piqued her interest.  It was very obvious that “Marilyn” had been brought up in the faith, but it was also …

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GodQuest

I remember when I was a participant in the RCIA process. One of the first conversations that we had was a dialogue about journey. It went something like this: life is a journey. However, this journey we speak of is not the kind that we necessarily know where we are going or how long it will take to get there, wherever or whatever “there” is. We don’t always know the best route. In fact, its probably best that we don’t know.  Looking up how to go from point A to point B, knowing the mileage …

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The Church’s Spring

When I was growing up, being Catholic meant being different from those around me. I went to Catholic school, to Church every Sunday, had alternate “free days” like the feast of Immaculate Conception and Ascension Thursday and didn’t eat meat on Fridays and on and on. The season of Lent was likewise: we Catholics came home from Church with ashes on our foreheads. We didn’t eat meat at all except on Sunday and the adults “fasted” all of Lent except on Sunday. Everyone gave up something for Lent: kids candy and sweets, adults smoking, television …

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