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life. Since the prayer life of the convert is to be, first of all, a participation in the prayer life of the Church, it is essential that he see the doctrines he is learning as they appear in the liturgy. He must begin to join with the faithful in the worship of the Church right at the outset. He must be made to see that the highest and most important expression of what he believes is worship, both the worship of the Church and his private prayer. Finally, there must be a tie-up between what the convert is learning in his instructions and his daily life. There must be a reduction to practice of the truths he accepts. There must be a response from the will to what the intellect receives. In this important matter the instructor will have to act as a prudent guide, suggesting, checking, encouraging, sensing when he should require more, when he should not press too hard. In most cases the priest who instructs a convert is a very strong influence in the life of the convert. The priest is contributing vitally to the formation of a member of Christ's body. That formation, to a great degree, is in his hands. The instructor who realizes this fact will never be content merely with "covering the matter" or "getting through the catechism." Rather, he will be aware that when he is "giving instructions" he is doing what Pius XI described as the work of all who teach Christian doctrine helping to form Christ in one whom Christ has redeemed by His blood.
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