4 thoughts on “Six signs of readiness for the Rite of Acceptance”

  1. Nick – loved this post. It is always challenging to get team members intent on “not judging” to consider these things, but it is SO necessary. My question is – how do you tell the difference between a “conversion” to Jesus v.s. a desire to join the Catholic Church? I think catechists need to understand both, and able to connect both, but this is an ongoing problem on our team.

  2. Hi Lawson. Great question! I don’t think there is a black-and-white answer since the church is the manifestation of Christ. But one indicator might be if the inquirers are beginning to exhibit the “kingdom” behaviors described in Mt. 25:34-36 vs. wanting to know what all the rules are or what they have to do to get baptized.

    Maybe other readers have more thoughts and can chime in. I think it’s an important issue.

  3. Lawson & Nick – I liked the question and the response. I have found that when inquirers are not so concerned with a set-in-stone “timeline” they are more likely to be exhibiting conversion. Unfortunately, there are many who want the cliff notes.

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