Margaret Lively, Director of RCIA
“Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to ﬁnd you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of ﬁnally embracing you.” St. Thomas Aquinas
I’ve often thought this should be the oﬃcial prayer for our RCIA group here at Our Lady of Grace – perhaps for all those in RCIA formation everywhere. I think St. Thomas succinctly captures the desires of all who embark on this somewhat arduous journey into the Catholic Church. What used to take three years of formal preparation has been condensed quite a bit to 9-10 months. However, the content is still, of necessity and authenticity, a lot. Thankfully that shorter duration has been assisted greatly by excellent resources. It is still a lot of prayerful, studious eﬀort on the part of the inquirer, but this format instills in them, hopefully, the importance of continuous growth in the future.