God has entered under our roof

By The Beacon | November 29, 2011 9:00pm

Seven UP students get ready to receive holy sacraments

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By Vinci Halbrook-Paterson

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for adults to grow in knowledge and understanding as they integrate themselves more deeply into the prayer, worship and service of the Catholic community. This year, we have three freshmen and four juniors who meet weekly to learn about Scripture, prayer, Christian morality, Church History, traditions and practices.

As in years past, my heart is gladdened as I hear how God is working in their lives through roommates and friends, service opportunities and programs, Masses and even in our weekly discussions together.

Each of these students bring their own life experience, their own questions, their own unique relationship with Jesus. God has lead them to this place, and God is nourishing them here among us.

God has entered under the roofs of our residence halls, our Commons, our chapels, our classrooms. These students, and each of us, are being made whole in Christ Jesus.

This Sunday at the 9 p.m. Mass, students preparing for the sacraments, along with their sponsors, will give witness to this fact. We, in turn, promise to pray for them and support them as they journey in faith.

During the Mass, our new response as we prepare to go to Communion is: " Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed."

During this Advent Season, as we prepare for Christ's coming and recall his incarnation, may we be watchful for the amazing signs of life and love around us.

May we be courageous in sharing that love and hope especially with those less fortunate than ourselves.

May each of us come to the Feast of Christmas reconciled, healed and prepared for Christ.

John Hongel - freshman (-- The Beacon)

Cami Kornowski - freshman (-- The Beacon)

Cara Rohlfing - freshman (-- The Beacon)

David Lee - junior (-- The Beacon)

Greg Kang - junior (-- The Beacon)

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Daniel Rodriguez - junior (-- The Beacon)