Driving home from my meeting with Deacon Dave, my mind would not function.
I had ignored the signs of a coming storm on the desert. And it was here.
On the good side of RCIA v.3, Deacon Dave was able to move my investigative process forward and dispatch me in less than 30 minutes. I had my answer. “No.” By his count, baptism was eight months way…or longer…depending on the irregularities of my 40-year marriage.
Apparently, he thought to console me by telling me it could be worse. Centuries earlier, those seeking entrance into the Catholic Church were forced to kneel for hours in the snow outside closed church doors. But I thought this argument little better than trying to convince a child to eat Brussels sprouts because other children had to eat alfalfa. Does the Church really want to convert people by convincing them that it is better than being absolutely awful?
Not to mention that history can always be pushed to any era desired…like the sermon of Peter to the 3,000…converted and baptized after hearing him preach one time. But that had nothing to do with me here, today…on the bank of the Jordan…minus John the Baptist.
At home from the church, as the wind and rain kicked up outside, I turned on the computer to check my e-mail.
I had returned home with my answer from Deacon Dave. But, still two weeks after my conversation with Jason and my e-mail to Fr. Ron, I had not received any reply. No less than the Deacon’s abrupt “No,” the silence of Fr. Ron and Jason clearly was their answer. It was time to put this to rest.
Dear Fr. Ron and Jason,
Thank you for meeting with me last month. I write to let you know I am releasing you from my request. I still plan to enter the RC church, but as I told Fr. Ron in July, it has never been my desire to break down the door of the church to “get in.” The span of time since our meeting indicates to me that my request is not one that fits the expectations of your parish. I appreciate your time with me and wish you both the best.
Sincerely, Jane Jimenez
I respect that. I did my best to be a bridge, but in the end it’s not my decision. I’m under the impression that more than one place has encouraged you to go through RCIA. If that’s the case, maybe that’s the Lord inviting you to take a step in faith. If that’s not the case, then it’s moot and I apologize for bringing it up. God bless.
Your parish is the second after my home parish.
Well…when it rains…it pours.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah with his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons entered the ark…
Genesis 7:11-13, New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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