porthos11: I always saw the core part of Mass to be the Eucharist. It just doesn’t feel right when I have to miss the core part of the Mass, the part where you literally receive life (Jesus said “Whoever does not eat my body and drink my blood does not have life inside him”, paraphrasing).
Ashurie: Congrats on starting RCIA!
ByzCath: When I thought I could receive the Eucharist, I went to Mass eagerly at every chance I got. But when I learned that I couldn’t receive the Eucharist until I officially join the Church, I quickly became disillusioned and have to drag myself to the church every Sunday morning. I think it’s the Eucharist that makes me happy. Being able to hold God physically and receive God physically is actually a great thing. I also love Eucharistic Adoration because I get to physically see God. Without the Eucharist, I feel like it’s an empty experience.
Many people joined the Church because of the Church’s teaching on the Holy Eucharist. I have to admit that that’s a major reason for me as well.
If you think the problem of lax Catholics comes from the RCIA program, you’re sadly mistaken. The CCD program is a failure in many respects from what I’ve seen from cradle Catholics. I’ve been Catholic (though not fully initiated as a member of the Church) since August and I know more about the religion, Traditions, and teachings than 90% of the cradle Catholics that I know personally (so I’m not taking shots at anyone here on this forum since I don’t know any of you personally). After hearing what goes on in CCD from many of them since I was in Elementary school when I didn’t even know what “Catholic” was, I’d say that the problem lies in the religious education program in general. I’d argue that the RCIA is a better program because people actually learn things and the majority of those who attend are there for the right reasons and not for the reason of “I’ve been going to CCD my whole life, so why not just finish it now” (which is the reason my local parish’s CCD class in general gives).
My RCIA program, thank God, is very good. The catechists drill it into our heads that if you don’t really want to be here, just walk out and leave. They also drill important doctrines into our head, such as Transubstantiation and other theological issues such as the symbolism in the church proper and in the Mass.
I’m not promising I’ll be a zealot. I’ll probably be very “moderate” throughout my life. I’ll try my best not to sin, I’ll pray, I’ll have faith, hope, and charity, and I’ll work on my relationship with God but I won’t be extremely religious. I don’t plan to be a Saint (in the sense of canonization), but rather a saint (in the sense of being in Heaven). I decided to join the Church not because it’s the fun thing to do, but because it’s the right thing to do.
Also, don’t worry, I’ve heard the anti-lax Catholic tangent in my RCIA class.