Here, Michael Marchal takes the five components of the process of conversion that he presented in The Spirit at Work: Conversion and the RCIA (see page 44), and explores the inner dynamics of each. While providing a helpful roadmap for RCIA practitioners to use in guiding the participants in the process to a complete conversion to Christ and a richer life in the Spirit, this book is also a manual for self-reflection and an outline for team enrichment. Marchal details two phases in each component: a developmental phase and a mature phase. He warns of the traps and detours that can be encountered in the process and offers questions for deeper reflection throughout each of the five major sections of the book. Far more than a how-to manual for RCIA team leaders and members, this book offers indispensable nourishment for their own reflection and growth.
Deep in the Spirit: The Inner Dynamics of Conversion – Michael Marchal
Michael H. Marchal holds degrees from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Fordham University in New York City. He has taught high school for forty years, thirty-six of those at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. During that time he has been involved with worship at Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University and has served a term on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati worship commission. He has published numerous articles on education and on liturgy and three books: Parish Funerals (Liturgy Training Publications, 1987); Adapting the Liturgy: Creative Ideas for the Church Year (Resource Publications, Inc., 1989); and The Spirit at Work: Conversion and the RCIA (World Library Publications, 2010). Michael's hobby is cooking, and he enjoys exploring a wide range of cuisines.