Pages Navigation Menu

Papa Francis The First | His Holiness Papa Francisco

St. Cyril and RCIA...

Years ago Catholic parishes offered “information classes” for adults considering conversion to the Catholic faith. But the Second Vatican Council called for a restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Today RCIA programs have become a standard for the season of Lent. Those seeking to enter the church are enrolled in RCIA programs which provide religious formation for adults in a series of ritualized steps.

Since today is the feast of St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386) I suggest taking time to examine the training that Bishop Cyril prepared for “would be” Christians in fourth century Jerusalem. The texts are available on the internet just by clicking here. In my opinion Cyril was adept at providing down to earth lessons and common sense analogies to explain the Catholic faith to all those seeking understanding. He also practiced what he preached.

Cyril was a pastor in an era when some disagreements rocked local churches. He was twice exiled from Jerusalem simply because of the political winds of his time.

What is impressive is that Cyril maintained his composer and peaceful character all through the disgrace and pain of twice being removed from the Jerusalem community of believers. Cyril never reacted with counter attacks in his writing or in his preaching.

Cyril prepared lessons to help people understand the church’s beliefs, whether they were already baptized or were still on the road to faith. But he also prepared lessons for those who had received the sacraments of initiation and were trying to grow their faith through prayer and participation in the liturgy of their local communities.

If you have the opportunity read more about Cyril in our Saint of the Day feature or read his lessons in faith available on line. There are treasures to be found.

Image:  Ververidis Vasilis / Shutterstock



Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."