Thursday, September 29, 2005

RCIA Week 3

I look forward to going to RCIA every week. Sometimes I can't wait until it's time to meet again. Our class is on the large size for our parish, but would be quite small to those parishes in larger cities. We have 8 or 9 people beginning the inquiry stage and most have sponsors now. They always have drinks and snacks for us since we are often rushed and can't always make dinner.

The class itself hasn't been very exciting and I haven't really learned a whole lot. The instructors are knowledgable, but a little dry in their presentation. I know that teaching is difficult to do; after all, I am a teacher myself. I do think it would be good to get other speakers involved, however. I think we can learn a great deal from others in the faith. I would like to hear other conversion stories and then perhaps those that can go in depth on other topics. Perhaps we'll have some of that later on. After all it is still quite early.

Last night we touched on the Nicene Creed. We talked about where it came from and then went over the basics of each statement and the general idea of the beliefs of Catholics. Of course this is stuff I knew and I already know it by heart as I've been going to mass a while. But I know there are others that still need the basic lessons. One person asked who Pontius Pilate was last night. I may not be fully knowledgeable about all of the Bible, but that's one name I do know.

I watched The Passion of the Christ for the first time this summer. Of course I had to make sure I was alone and had my box of tissues ready. It's not a movie I could share with someone else. It's too powerful and personal for me. I will probably watch it again as we begin the season of Lent.

So far my journey has still been a good one. I'm making a conscious effort to be steadfast in prayer. And I believe that my state of mind and the peace I feel comes from the effort I am making. I am truly thankful that I'm headed in the right direction.


Barbthecatholic said...

Hello Annabel,
I'm so glad you are doing well with your RCIA classes. Brad and I are enjoying ours too. Thanks for answering my poll question at my blog.
God bless,

Nancy said...

Hi, I just found your site. I'm an Okie who spent some time in your area. Also TBS alum (OSU). I'm investigating converting from Episcopal church...if you can call that converting. Blessings!