Last night I was tickled pink to get an email from my old Eureka College friend, Beth. We were English majors together and, though she was infinately more sophisticated and cool than I was, we bonded over Wilco and books and became friends. I was thrilled - thrilled, I tell you! - when she told me that tonight she begins RCIA classes to convert to Catholicism.
Beth asked if I would pray for her and if I had any advice to share. I responded with five bits o' wisdom and a promise to carry her as an intention, but I wondered if you good folk would join me.
Would you also, please, say a prayer for Beth?
And what advice would you give her? You can read my list below, but what would you add?
1 - Ask questions if you don't understand and rely on the Catechism. Sometimes well intentioned Catholics don't understand the faith well or sometimes we just can't explain it well. If we give you an answer that seems kind of wonky look it up in the Catechism for clarification.
2 - Attend Adoration - even if it's just for 5 minutes. Our belief in the Eucharist is THE most important part of our faith - make sure you embrace it AND have a real love for Christ.
3 - Embrace the Church's teachings on sexuality - and therefore NFP (natural family planning) - if you haven't already. It can be a real sonofabitch but if you understand what the Church teaches about sex then you'll understand what it teaches about marriage, masturbation, procreation, divorce, etc. But don't just "understand" it - embrace it, live it out with charity and joy.
4 - Know that satan is very real and he will try to attack you during your conversion and probably soon after. A lot of converts lose faith shortly after Easter Vigil and I'm certain it's because of satan. Be prepared for that. I will pray for you.
5 - Lastly, take advantage of the Church's teaching on redemptive suffering. I swear, I don't know how people who aren't Catholic handle the bad stuff in life without it. Redemptive Suffering makes so much sense and it truly makes the yoke easy, the burden light.
Now it's your turn! Head to the comment box to congratulate and welcome Beth and then share a bit of advice with her!
And don't forget to pray for her! Thanks, friends!
And Beth, this is for you: