Jesus Through the Eyes of Others

Posted November 23, 2008 by rciagrad1
Categories: Uncategorized

Hello, Class of 2009!

Well, I know some of y’all have looked– but nobody has said anything or asked anything. It is terribly lonely in here. you may have noticed that I have been playing with the design of the blog. If you see anything you really hate, let me know.

Advent is right around the corner. Since we are celebrating the arrival of the Lord, I thought I would share a very small selection of my favorite representations of Christ:

chinesejesus1This is a Chinese representation of Jesus and some of his apostles that I find really beautiful.

ca. 350 A.D. From a church in Rome.

ca. 350 A.D. From a church in Rome.

Many of the early depictions of Jesus portray him with much darker skin than we are used to seeing in modern times.

From a Baptist Church in Philadelphia

From a Baptist Church in Philadelphia

This is a modern African American Jesus.

This Ethiopian Jesus is from the 17th or 18th century.

Finally, another Chinese Jesus. I don’t know the date or the artist but I suspect that this is a modern representation.

It is too easy for us to think of Jesus as a European, usually with blue eyes and light brown hair. After all, that is so very common and familiar to us. But Advent is an excellent time to remember that Jesus is Lord of all and that he came to save us all.

Funny thing that. It reminds me, yet again, that catholic means universal.


Reflecting On It All

Posted May 4, 2008 by rciagrad1
Categories: Spiritual growth

When I first got the idea that a blog might be of use to us, I decided to call it RCIA Grad School  because I wanted to acknowledge how little I know and still want to know. I am always amazed every time I am reminded how rich the history and traditions of the Catholic Church are.  We have become part of a tradition that stretches back 2000 years and now have a part to play in handing on faithfully, what we have received. It is humbling to reflect on that and it is hard to believe that we are “graduating”, when there is still so much to learn!

The Internet is an amazing resource and, just for the fun of it, I poked around to see what might be available to us “newbies”. I discovered dozens and dozens of sites just by searching on the subject of “RCIA”. Two in particular struck me as useful and so I have created a page to keep them handy. One, takes us through the steps as they were gone through by an RCIA group at a Connecticut parish. This was, of course, very similar to what we did and may take some of the anxiety out of it for the next RCIA group, if it contains anyone like me, who simply must know exactly what is going to happen. 

The other is a resource aimed at instructors. The author, a Catechist in the UK, has published the lessons he has written for RCIA, as a resource for those looking for “ready-made” lessons. So there is a wealth of information here that was of interest to me. There are lessons (power point presentations, text with links to other sites, etc) on an impressive number of subjects, such as the Creed, the Stations of the Cross, the Mass, the Pope, etc.

Of course, there are lots of opportunities in real life in our very own parish to learn and grow in knowledge and faith. It is all up to us now.


Confession 102

Posted April 14, 2008 by rciagrad1
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I am finding confession more confusing, as I go along, rather than less.  I can hardly believe that I need a refresher course already, but I do.

There are lots of aids out there to help one make a good confession. They tell us things like, “keep track of what sins you commit and how many times”.  Well, excuse me. It is easy to keep track of the number of bank robberies I have committed. Any idiot can do that. But how do I keep track of the number of times I was uncharitable in my thoughts? The number of times I have consigned other drivers to … well you know where. I am on Taylor Road at rush hour 10 times a week. Believe me, if my careless thoughts could actually accomplish something, you know where would be overflowing with Alabamians.

I suppose one possible solution would be just to commit sins of the flesh. They are easy to track …


Here I am

Posted April 8, 2008 by daughterofeve1027
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Since we have been talking about praying the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, I wanted to explain that these are personal devotions and whether you choose to do them or not does not make you more or less Catholic.  For me, they are very centering prayers and when my mind will not cooperate and lead me in the direction I need to go, these prayers/devotions will always calm me and center me. 

How Does One Pray the Rosary?

Posted April 3, 2008 by rciagrad1
Categories: The Rosary

I went to the celebration of the Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday afternoon. The most confusing part for me, the newly former Protestant, was praying the rosary which can be done individually and communally.

When I got home I googled “How to pray the rosary” and was amazed to get 76,000 + hits. I only examined a few but of the ones I looked at, these seemed the most helpful:

 For those who, like me, need pictures:

How to Pray the Rosary  This one cannot be beat (I don’t think). It takes nothing for granted and spells every bead out.

Another similar site,  in full color, comes from Holy Family Monastery

For those who prefer lots of narrative and fewer pictures:

How do you pray the rosary?  fills that need.



Posted April 3, 2008 by rciagrad1
Categories: Confession, penance

Can one receive the sacrament if one has not yet performed the penance assigned at one’s last confession? This question occured to me because I went to confession on Sunday but did not have a chance to perform the particular penance I was given before the Wed. Mass.