This year has been a wonderful and humbling year in my faith walk. As everyone in the world knows by now, I earned a master certificate as a catechist in the Catholic Church a few years ago. Struggling with what and where to use my knowledge, I lectured at different parishes in the diocese and facilitated a few book discussions and substituted for the high school theology teacher and the confirmation classes at the parish while continuing to write here on the "Pillars." Finally, I received the assignment to teach regularly the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program for both the adults and the children needing to be baptized. During this time, I have attended workshops and lectures on this process.....er journey and learned much about what is expected of me.
What a journey it is! As the catechist for these delightful adults and children, it is humbling to be responsible for bringing Jesus and His teachings to them. If Peter can do it, so can I. Of course, his teacher was none other than Christ Himself, and he was able to lay eyes on Him, touch Him, and know Him in such a real tangible way that gave Peter no doubt whatsoever. Faith, the gift from God is giving this to me.
Where else would I go? To Whom would I turn? What else is equally real and eternal? As Peter asked, so I ask as well.
This gift of faith in God; the Blessed Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is what I must share and pass on to others. It is my mission to join in on the journey of life sharing Christ's love and teachings to all who will listen.
But, I need to ask for help as in a previous post on the "Pillars" are you tending the garden as well? Please be part of this journey with me by praying for these candidates and Elects while they continue to learn Church teachings, experience conversion, and anticipate reception of the sacraments. Both they and their catechists need your prayers now more than ever during this time of enlightenment and final preparation.
Welcome these excited people when you see them and let them know you are there for them and praying for them. This is a very exciting time for them AND the Church, indeed! So become someone more; become an advocate for those in the RCIA programs around the world.