First and Foremost: Fasting from meat all of Lent is awesome awesome awesome blessing. It just imparts so much grace. It opens you to the mystical prayer we are meant to have with the Almighty.
Paul, I don’t nuthin’bout ya’ but good deal and congrats on the RCIA process… That’s a huge leap. Check it out though. I probably don’t have to tell you… since you seemed to figure it out on your own that an awful lot of people are sorta’ relativistic. And clearly you have a good head on your shoulders. The Holy Spirit must have already given you a gumption (is the correct word ‘a charism’) for telling how it is. All religions do not teach the way to heaven. All religions teach some element of truth – an enevitability in that all that God has created will bear his signature in way or another. If you honestly were asked not to come back to an RCIA class please contact the parish priest where that RCIA class was done. Let him know that you are contacting the diocesean seat (the bishop’s office) over it. The RCIA instructor might is possibly not be well catechized. Then the lack of training can be addressed. If the instructor had been catechized well then it’s a case of them being just plain evil. I use strong words don’t be put off by it. But, please consider my language as it is meant to reflect a fact that someone does not want you to recieve a greater fullness of truth via the sacraments. I don’t know if you know it, but the bishop of a diocese is the only person actually allowed to ‘teach the faith’. Now, he can delegate this authority so to speak if he allows qualified men and women who have been formed. They are given a teachers license kind of thing. Sometimes there are religion teachers that end up having their priveledge to teach revoked.
As a side note. Take much of what you see on this discussion board with a grain of salt. Everytime you see something on here look it up in the catechism. If fact just read the Catechism everyday. Just a little bit, a page or two and look up the bible quote, church document quote, or church father, etc when you get the chance. Never stop reading. Everytime you learn something good you are learning more about God. Then get a feel by interviewing a few people who seem well versed in the faith. about what you read in the Catechism or what have you. If you think they are wrong tell them so and why. This will let you double check them. Over time you’ll develop a feel for who is in the know, who’s trying, or who might just plain need to here the good news, etc. If you do this, after a few years you’ll be even more confident than you seem like you already are to re-evangelize my Catholic brothers and sisters. Converts like you are great for the faith. You revitalize us. Learn as much Catholic jargon as you can. If you are coming over from my little brother Christian denominations of evangelicals, protestants, and dooms day cults, then you will end up bilingual in a manner of speaking. You might have noticed many words and expressions are not used by every faith.
My last piece of advice is listen to Father John Corapi! That is huge. You can’t trust every priest (in much the same way as Judas betrayed Jesus). Evil lurks behind every corner waiting to trip your good deeds. John Corapi is someone who I feel we can trust 99% of the time. He’s afraid of losing his immortal soul. And, so, he sticks to the game plan. Also, watch Father Benedict Groschel. The guys practically a saint. Study up on movers and groovers in the faith, learn who is trusted with what positions of authority in the faith. Read up on a bishop or cardinal once a month or whatever. When you find someone who impresses you, write them a letter. To start with, write a random letter to one of the monastaries. Ask them to pray for you. Those men walk with God. Also, pray for the dead. Pray that their souls find final repose in eternal rest. Attend Mass during the week from time to time. Pray for a random person you don’t know. Ask you guardian angel to pray for you.
A little about me: I’m a revert to the faith. I was a seriously bad guy. Cursin’, fightin’, drinkin’, older women, younger girls, money, handguns, drivin’ 135mph… It goes on. I was just a plain unpleasant person except to the guys I stomped with. It was a real highway to hell. Never did drugs and I never hit rock bottom unlike most people and I thank God for that. The battle back can get seriously tough. I suffer from horrible dreams, but not the usual kind. The kind where sometimes tells me there gonna’ get me. And, horrible images come into my mind random times during the day. Stuff I never would have even though up before in the bad old days. Fr. Corapi talks a lot about this kind of stuff. When your being tormented its a sign your on the right track. Evil is a messenger. It can’t do anything but put thoughts in our heads. Just laugh in the devil’s face. He’s a big puss.
Wear a brown scapular, and carry a rosary everyday and everywhere… pray the chotki (the Jesus prayer):
"Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me."
Say it two or three times. Whenever you get the urge. The Holy Name of Jesus is powerful stuff. And, I finish it off with…
“Mary, Mother of God, Mother of Jesus, pray for me.”
Overtime you find you’ll end up saying those words to yourself throughout the day without really thinking of it. It becomes habitual. That’s what you want. To be habitually focused on Christ. Most of all love Jesus on the Crucifix like you love your own mother and father, and wife, and children. That will set you free.
Beyond this, I can give you more tips. Real Catholic culture stuff that isn’t taught in RCIA. Stuff that’ll do you right. I love evangelizing. And, I’m a real straight shooter.