Saturday, July 25, 2009

I miss R.C.I.A...

... "What?!" you say. While going through the process myself was tortuous and loathsome, I actually enjoyed being a sponsor. Talking with non-Catholics and the curious alike ignites that original fascination and passion I have for the Church.

My best friend is a Lutheran, she is dating a Catholic. We can talk for hours about matters of faith. She wants to learn more about Catholicism so she can better understand the person she has feelings for. She says she'll never convert... but I know better.

I sometimes worry that my over zealousness might be a bit too much, coming off to strong. I am afraid of estranging people with my grandiose and romantic notions of the liturgy and the richness of the Church. No one wants to be that Catholic, the dramatic uber kind, that does more harm than good... turning people off and scaring them away. People, who would be other wise open to the Faith... until they spoke to you.

9 comments:

Miss Heather Barrett, OP said...

I have that worry too. I think I'm gradually mellowing out a bit, though. At least, the way I talk to people is mellowing out; the passion is still there!

God be with you.

Richard Truman Michael said...

My best friend who is Lutheran is converting =].

Jane said...

My husband was a Lutheran, converted, and went through a phase of being the person who was so passionate about the Church and her liturgies that he would go on and on about the subject to non-Catholics (or even Catholics) who were giving him blank stares. He's calmed a little, but sometimes I still have to give him a little nudge to say, "Those people think you're speaking a foreign language."

soonerscotty said...

I miss RCIA too. I think when I stopped working with RCIA is when I stopped caring about church.

Haven't been to church in a couple of years =/

Carolina Cannonball said...

Scott! You must remedy that post haste!

MamaMidwife said...

Who does your artwork??

Simplicity at it's finest. :)

Funny too.

TheSeeker said...

I loved going through RCIA! Maybe if I ever have the time I'll get to be a sponsor. I hope so.

laurazim said...

I love that people my age who have converted and gone through RCIA know more about the Catholic faith and have more fire in their souls than I did after having gone through 12 years of "Catholic" school and religious ed. Wait. Maybe I don't love it.

BUT....I do know that the infusion that converts bring to our churches is greatly appreciated--and badly needed. Perhaps we should all go through RCIA, if only as a refresher course.

Smiley said...

I wanna join RCIA but i think im way too Trad and might put people off big time, plus i see my life as a big mess and if anyone sees that they will think Chirsitanity is a mess. You get where im coming from?