How do we know the truth?

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2 thoughts on “How do we know the truth?”

  1. This article reminds me of a conversation I just had with a pre-inquirer last week. He isn’t sure what he wants, but he’s been around the parish on Sundays because he drives his wife, who has far-advanced MS. He’s very methodical and rational, but toward the end of our conversation, he remembered having gone to the Easter Vigil. His face changed and he said, “It was very moving.” I jumped on that. I said, “Hang onto that memory. What you felt was a sign of the Spirit’s moving in you. When you have those moments, they are encounters with God.” He got a little smile on his face, and it gave me great confidence that he’ll move forward with more than information. He’ll be IN formation.

  2. Ralph Alameda

    I have taught RCIA and Faith Formation for 11 years. I was at a 5 day RCIA conference a few years ago. First thing out of the mouths of the professors, RCIA is messy. I have had the privilege to serve under 5 DRE’s. Four of them were above and beyond. One of them seemed bent on getting people to leave the church. Every weekend a retreat, students and parents having to go to church three times a week. All nice, but forgetting, homework, family, work, soccer, and other things that go on in life. There is life outside the church. My main focus, and I know it will not steer me wrong is the Bible. I follow the agenda, but focus on Compassion, Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, Charity, Humility. I could go on all day about doctrine and dogma, but if the students and parents ignore the homeless- person in the street, do not offer to feed or clothe them, go the the shelter, visit the sick……..it is all empty. It is simple really. This one DRE could not stop finding more things to add to make the program richer. The students felt they were in school after a full day of school. The wrong approach. We are called to be fishers of men and women, Be the light to guide them to Christ. Our program for 3 years was one of expectation, insisting on the students and parents knowing everything. So many people left for other parishes. Where they were able to continue the program. Our DRE said, if they are so weak in faith, let them leave. Again, the wrong approach. This is all simple. Love, Compassion, Mercy, but most important, not that we teach it, but that we live, it, that they see a difference, and we teach with fire and passion, believing what we teach.

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