Friday greetings from the very cold Midwest.
We just had some kind of emergency in the same building where we are located. Fire alarm went off and we all found ourselves standing out in the cold as some snow pellets began to fall. Glad to be back in the warmth of the building.
I just read a neat story about a Catholic astronaut who was on the International Space Station and, through an arrangement with his diocese and parish, he was able to take consecrated hosts to the station, which he consumed while there. Then came this sentence, as reported by Catholic News Service:
"It was extremely important to me," said Hopkins, now 47, who grew up on a farm outside of Richland, Missouri, in a United Methodist family but completed the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults classes and became Catholic just before going into space."
Touching story, but why would the major Roman Catholic media outlet in the United States use the term "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults classes?" This is a classic example of the bastardization of the RCIA. In the sentence, as constructed, "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" becomes the modifier, the adjective modifying the word "classes."
We have, by and large, missed the boat, don't you think? This kind of misrepresentation of the Church's teaching about Christian initiation and preparation for the sacraments really grates on me, can you tell?
Let's all agree to banish the term "classes" from any description of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Agreed?
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.