[quote="MacQ, post:19, topic:357156"]
I have learned over the years helping with RCIA that the encounter of which you speak can't be "timed", and most certinly doesn't need to come "first". In fact, it comes later most of the time.
Most enter RCIA as "enquirers". They want to know what Catholics believe and why.
Many of them are already Christians.
They don't want to be "witnessed to" in their first few sessions (if ever). The kind of evangelization you describe sounds alot like some other Christian sects do it, and some people find that off-putting. I might have been out the door if someone started preaching to me the way you describe. You can get that when the doorbell rings and someone on your porch is preaching the good news and giving you a pamphlet to join the XYZ church.
The RCIA process typically takes several months...of learning about Catholicism, and hopefully some prayerful formative experiences that help open their hearts to the Holy Spirit. THEN, at some point, their conversion happens. Or doesn't.
Be careful not to get in the way.
Your revelation is not their revelation, and your timetable is not theirs.
Pope John Paul:ll The personal encounter with Christ is the ultimate influence for social and economic behavior.
Pope Paul VI: the encounter will not take place unless the Gospel is proclaimed by witness. Nevertheless this is always insufficient because the finest witness will prove ineffective if not explained and justified and made explicit by clear unequivocal proclaimation of the Lord Jesus Christ by WORD. THERE IS NO EVANGELIZATION IF THE NAME, teachings, life, promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus, the Son of
God are not proclaimed."
St Paul (Phil 3:7-ll) I consider all as loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord
(1Col 1;15-29) He is before all things, He is the beginning, that in all things He Himself might be PRE-EMINENT.....IN Him were created all things, for l Him, and through Him...." This is what we stand for, all else is secondary. Belief in Jesus as the foundation of our Catholic Church makes the Church built on the Rock. If we do not emphasize this, what do we stand for. We drifted from being Christio- centric. How can one be turned off that never has been turned on?