this is one of two different but not totally unrelated questions I'm posting about this experience.
how easy is it to join? in the Church I used to attend, I went to watch my friend's confirmation yesterday. he was confirmed late, for some reason. Just before the mass, the priest touches my shoulder and says "Do you like the services of the Church, son?" and I respond "Yes....their very interesting." Then, he firmly says "Then you need to become Catholic." I was a bit taken aback, and just said "well...maybe when I'm older." I said this because I didn't want to offend him, and I still had to watch a 45-minute service done by this man. Of course, I don't want to become Roman Catholic!
A little offended, I sat there watching the service, saying the Jesus prayer to myself. As some of you know, I've struggled in the past with missing this Church. This experience really proved to me that I'm not Catholic and I don't have any desire to be Catholic.
After this, when he was going around the Church, giving "host" to those unable to walk up and receive it, he came over to me. I started freaking out in my mind at the thought of having to either be ex-communicated from my Church or offend this priest and possibly the whole community by not receiving communion. Thankfully, this was not what he was doing. With the body of Christ in one hand, he put his other on my shoulder and said he wanted to see me in the parish office after mass about becoming a Roman Catholic. He walked away before I could respond.
I couldn't avoid him if I'd had waited till the end to leave, surely he would see me as he stood in the middle of the crowd shaking hands. So, near the end of mass, I walked over to the nearest exit as quickly as possible and high-tailed it out of there.
It seemed he would have baptized me the very next day if I consented, and he doesn't even know my name!
Honestly, this is crazy. is it really this easy to join the Roman Catholic Church?! I waited 1 1/2 years (eagerly) before my priest made me a catechumen, and then chrismated me.
Is joining the RC really this easy?