I also am going through RCIA. I have never had the connection with my faith that I have now. It is not just an emotional experience, rather it is a deep knowledge that I am where God has called me and where I can truly worship Him. My whole life I have sought the “perfect” church, the right fit for me–I never found the right church and have lived a life assuming that I could only be content in a church setting on the other side of heaven. Then, I found a Magnificat at the chapel in the National Cancer Institute in Maryland ( I go there every few months to get my tumors assessed). I was impressed with the amount of scripture in Mass, and when I returned home, my husband, family, and I decided to try going to Mass. We have been Catholic since, and I feel more at home there than anywhere in my life.
I have found deep joy and spiritual growth by participating in morning and evening prayers. I have a subscription to Magnificat and read the morning prayers, mass readings, evening prayers, devotionals, and saint biographies. This little publication has revolutionized my spiritual life. I highly recommend it.
I have a great reading plan that takes you through the Bible and catechism in a year. You can find it here: chnetwork.org/readguide04.pdf It’s the best plan I’ve found so far.
Because Catholicism is new to me, I have been adding new things gradually. I have found great joy and benefit from memorizing prayers like the Apostles Creed. I have found particular devotion to St Faustina, my patron saint, and pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy each day. Now I am trying to memorize the prayers of the rosary so I can pray without distraction. I find much comfort in reading about the saints and in reading the great writings of the likes of de Sales, a Kempis, St. John of the Cross, etc. I highly recommend the Diary of St. Faustina.
I am only able to go to Mass on the weekends, and I am often sick because of my cancer disease so I miss Mass more than I’d like. But with the practices outlined above I still feel that there is spiritual and personal growth (although I really miss Mass when I cannot go). I am excited for the day I can take Eucharist and have my marriage official in the church’s perspective. My 1st grader will get baptized and my 3rd grader confirmed. Can’t wait. Yay!