Encountering the Mystery of God details a practical plan for the 7 weeks of Mystagogy from the second week of Easter to Pentecost Sunday. Although there is little guidance in the manual of the Rite, this book remains close to the requirements of the Rite, but amplifies the ways in which the roles of pastor, parish RCIA team, the parish community and the newly-received, can be involved. However, the book reaches beyond RCIA. It shows a way for Christians generally to celebrate the Season of Easter according to the unfolding drama of the Liturgy in these 7 weeks between Easter and Pentecost. This book traces a gradual journey of exploration into the spiritual life for us all as we journey from Easter to Pentecost. We reflect with Thomas on Faith in the Risen Christ on the second week; then we accompany the disciples to Emmaus; after the Good Shepherd and the gate of the sheepfold, we come to know Jesus as the Way, Truth and Life. We see that conversion means to be part of the mission to all the world at the Ascension. We wait to be filled with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. This spiritual journey is largely based on the Gospel of John as the liturgy requires and makes links with parish involvement on a week-by-week basis according to the Gospel themes. The book is based on empirical research which shows that the quality of the Mystagogy period offered in the parishes correlates with a retention of sacramental practice of the neophytes and newly-received in their lives.
Patrick Cronin is a Christian Brother in the Oceania Province and is based in Adelaide, South Australia. After many years in school ministry, Patrick was invited by the Archbishop of Adelaide to take up the role of Co-ordinator of the Adult Catechumenate, which is fostering the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in the Archdiocese.