The truth about busy-ness for RCIA seekers

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8 thoughts on “The truth about busy-ness for RCIA seekers”

  1. So very true. So many people today find their value in how busy they are instead of how much they follow the Light of Christ. We do make a mistake if we “fast-track” them to baptism because they are the ones (most likely) who seldom return after Easter. Being Catholic is a way of life.not just something to do on Sunday morning. I like the idea of having our seekers, catechumens and candidates being considered apprentices who study under a disciple. This is the way Jesus did it and it worked for him.

  2. Angela Hibbard, IHM

    The place I find most frustrating re busy-ness is when I do Confirmation preparation with young people in junior high. Dance and music lessons and concerts, sports practices and games, and participation in all kinds of other things mostly connected with school are forever getting in the way. Since RCIA deals mostly with adults, the problem is a bit less, but even so, we have to squeeze our sessions into the hour & 1/2 between the two morning liturgies. I feel like we’re always a day late and a dollar short.

  3. Another way of saying this is that discipleship requires a conversion that is reflected in your life choices. Catholicism is not an ‘add on’ but a choice for living life differently; with a different life focus and purpose.

  4. If going to church is viewed as one activity among many, then we are in trouble. It does seem that families with kids in sports are far more willing to get them to all practices and games, following the “orders” of the coach. But participating in the Eucharist? They’re not sure that they will always have the time.

    As a former RCIA candidate, I have looked at being a Catholic Christian, not as an activity, but as addressing the fundamental purpose of our lives. Sports, as much fun as they are, cannot do this.

  5. I agree with everything you have said. Being a Catechist I am Formed, if I may use that word to follow the direction of the Liturgical Minister which is generally “The way we have always done it”, way.
    I brought that up at a recent conference, not in the context, rather bemoaning the lack of Sponsors.
    To my surprise, a visiting Priest was in the back of the class and said I had hit the nail on the head. The room fell silent when he further noted sponsoring should be a ministry itself. I have had the honor to do both and can say, walking with the inquirer is much more rewarding.

  6. I’m all in that we are talking a life style, not just another activity to fit into our busy-ness. I’m new to my role as RCIA coordinator so just accepted the “too busy” as not ready. This post makes me clearly aware of the error in that thinking, thank you. Can doneonr offer some practical ways to engage an inquirer to prioritize RCIA? Once they are “in the door” I have witnessed that with the right focus the Holy Spirit can be counted on.

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