The 10 Principles begin and end with a reminder that God is at work and our task is to cooperate in God’s plan.

In some models of evangelisation it can seem that we need to bring God to people who have this God-shaped whole in their lives that we can helpfully fill for them. For some people it will feel that there is something missing in their lives but this realisation is sign of the promptings of the Spirit rather than a vacuum waiting for God.

The model of RCIA is that God is at work in people’s lives before they come to us, indeed as suggested above one of the signs that God is at work is their approach.

I would suggest that there are two main tasks in the Period of Evangelisation or Pre-Catechumenate. The first through listening and witness to uncover in the story of the enquirers where God has touched their lives. The second to introduce and give witness to the life of Jesus. When they begin to look at their lives in the light of the life of Jesus they will also recognise where is still work to be done, where God’s grace is needed.

Because of its pattern of periods and stages it can also be helpful to understand a period by what follows:  to see the period as leading to the Rite of Acceptance and therefore helping enquirers to articulate their response to the question ‘What do you ask of God’s Church?’.

The principle that God is at work also suggests that throughout the process members of the team need to be aware of God’s actions and through prayer and discernment recognise and support.

When we cooperate with God’s plan as Paul wrote to the Ephesians: we can do infinitely more than we ask or imagine.