I keep waiting for one of my commenters to finally tire of my ramblings and just write, "Maybe you should get into an RCIA class instead of pestering us with all these elementary level Catholicism questions!"
For those of you who might be wondering why I talk so much about how strongly I'm drawn to the Catholic church yet I haven't mentioned anything about starting RCIA, I can explain:
Unfortunately, it looks like I've got a loooong wait before I'm officially Catholic. (It might be for the best anyway since I'd feel weird about becoming Catholic when I'm not even totally sure if I believe in God at this point.) Evidently there was one guy at my church who was the heart and soul of the RCIA and other new member programs, and he recently had to move out of state for his wife's job. So the organization is reeling right now, everybody working overtime to take over his workload and try to figure out how to replace him. They are not currently offering new RCIA classes and can't even give me an answer about when they will start offering the classes again since they haven't found a replacement for him yet.
We've been toying with the idea of just doing RCIA at another parish but have decided against it. We want to get to know people at this church, and I don't particularly like any of the other churches around here. So it'll at least be a few more months until I get that ball rolling.
So, in the meantime, I appreciate my readers allowing me to use this blog as my Catholicism/God 101 class.