RCIA

The Normalization of Delusional Thinking

I sometimes wonder how so many people can be in denial about the danger posed by Islam to the rest of the world. The textual, historical, and statistical evidence that Islam is an aggressive religion is overwhelming, but very few are willing to look at it. On the one side, you have a ton of [...]

A Call to Restore Prayers of Exorcism

In 1886, Pope Leo XIII added the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel to the prayers he had already ordered to be said after the Low Mass in 1884. The origin of the prayer is subject to much speculation, particularly about whether or not Leo received a locution with the voices of Jesus and the [...]

Multitudes Before the Throne: Hope for a Pilgrim Church

… I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…. (Rev. 7:9) As a candidate who will enter the Church on Palm Sunday, I participated this last week in the Rite of Election and [...]

Want to Advise (or Lecture) a Parent?

It is with some trepidation that I ask these two questions, steeling myself for getting lectured. But let me give the context, first. The Context I've been in the Church all of six months thus far (I was an evangelical, with no particular denominational opinions, until the last four years or so). My wife did [...]

With Sacraments of Initiation, how soon is too soon?

What's the right age for receiving the Sacraments of Initiation? Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, the prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship, writes in L'Osservatore Romano that children should be allowed to receive the Eucharist "as soon as they are able": Citing the 100th anniversary of Pope Pius X's decree as a "providential occasion to remember [...]

A Convert Remembers Her First Lent

Brenda Steele, writing at Catholic Advocate, remembers her first Lent after her conversion. As a convert, I remember every minute of the Easter Vigil when I, too, could at long last, partake in the sacrament of the Eucharist for the very first time. If you are a convert, and you’re reading this, you know exactly [...]

The difference a priest makes

Brian and I teach RCIA, and love it. Our parish is a historic downtown church -- the oldest basilica in the country, actually -- and most parishioners travel some distance to attend. In an attempt to get to know the candidates and catechumens better, we've been getting together with each of them over lunch or [...]

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