Thank you everyone,
I’d like to share some things I found last night - I’m going to look for something that hopefully at some future point will help my friend (who was a complete catechumen, never raised with religion, and influenced a lot by the hippie culture of the 60s).
My search so far turned up these right through CAF:
catholic.com/documents/how-to-become-a-catholic - I thought it very interesting the part about the way it’s recommended to receive persons of other Christian faiths who want to come into full communion. I think that’s a good idea to have their ceremonies separate, but I can see why in smaller parishes they may not have the resources to split it up and so they have most everyone enter the Church at the Easter Vigil.
Now it might not be a bad thing for them to have discussion with each other during the preparation period, because it might help the ones with no previous religion to see what ideas that are floating around come from Protestantism and which from Catholicism and which are common to both. But at some point there needs to be recognition of what baggage each individual may be dealing with. I’m not quite sure if there’s a way to find out unless a person brings up something that raises a red flag.
youtube.com/watch?v=W4cULzIFo7o - this refers to the “Sacramentalized but not Catechized” issue which is something I’m going to have to delve into more.
Now back to me and my emotional mess of yesterday, which I have prayed during the night about and will continue to pray about in times to come. I am just one of those who can hardly bear to think about abortion, and it caught me off guard; my friend and I were watching “The Doctors” - well, she had it on and I unfortunately heard about this woman having an abortion. It was one of those “hard case” scenarios; the woman had a bad form of cancer. But the way the “termination” was spoken of so matter-of-factly, I think that’s what bugged me the most.
Please do understand that I know God will be as merciful as He chooses to this woman who was undoubtedly frightened and who may have been influenced by the pro-abortion propaganda and who knows what other pressures. I do not for one second judge her, I have no right to do that. But I do wish, as I will till the day I go to my grave, that doctors and scientists would put their energies toward ways to help women with any sort of medical crisis pregnancy so that both mother and child could be saved and that this would be presented as the first choice instead of abortion as the default.
And I do pray for my friend that she’ll be able to accept the missing gaps of what she should have received during her RCIA - please, join me in praying for her and all like her, if you would - if I knew there were more prayer warriors on this I think I’d feel less like crying. :o
One other thing - I do have a revert friend who’s going through the RCIA this year and she’s going to show me their materials. It’s a different pastor now than when the other friend went through, so I can’t know what materials the other one had. Still, I’m interested in seeing what goes on. I also wonder if God is calling me to become some sort of catechist or assistant one of these days; I feel I could do some good somehow.