I have been teaching religious education this year. Specifically I am teaching a combined class of older (beyond 3rd grade) students who have not been catechized. Half of my 8 students were baptized Catholic as infants and are preparing for First Communion. The other Half are either unbaptized or were baptized Protestant and are planning to enter the Church at Easter. We call the second group RCIC, although I have now learned that RCIC doesn't exist. RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the only model for people over the age of reason (beyond 6 or 7 years old) to systematically enter the Church. So what I am really teaching is RCIA adapted for youth.
It isn't an easy task, and I am prone to complain a little because I have a broad age range, and varied backgrounds. Also, I am actually teaching two groups, but the needs are exactly the same between the RCIA students and the First Communion students. Education is never perfect.
My RCIA students are getting ready for the Rite of Election this week. This is the point in the process where their sponsors declare that they are prepared to enter the Church, and the catechumans declare that they intend to be received into the Church. The Bishop then declares them to be the Elect - those called by God.
I haven't taught them nearly as much as I would like. Worse, I am realizing that whatever I have taught them, I have missed the most important part. Not that I have ignored it, but that in all their questions and my long explanations I haven't testified clearly to the one thing that matters most.
The Gospel - God Love for us. I've talked about it, but have I really evangelized?
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