Kondro, estranged from the church, began her journey reading the writings of FlanneryO'Connor, a 20th-century novelist and intellectual who wrote from a Catholic perspective."That's what introduced me to the Catholic worldview," Kondro said. "It prepared my heart tothink about grace in a different way."Kondro, who transferred to SLU as a junior, found herself immersed in the Catholic tradition forthe first time after attending the Mass of the Holy Spirit at College Church at the beginning of the academic year.After reacquainting herself with the Catholic Church, Kondro feels that she has increasedcapacity to share God's love with others."I think I look at the world through a different lens, a 'sacramental' lens, and I see God at workin the world."Jon O'Connor, a current student of RCIA, pursues Catholicism because it offers a faith that"binds the heart and mind," he said."From what I'm used to, we just kind of listen to the Bible and kind that to be literal andtherefore the truth. I've kind of moved beyond that. I like to use my reasoning skills."He said that he uses reasoning to take what the Bible says and to apply it to his daily life.He also appreciates the church's stance on social justice issues."I want to make a difference in this world in some way, and I feel that the best avenue for meto live out those actions is with this church," O'Connor said.Now in the first month of his journey, he feels that he is more open to talking about hisnewfound faith and celebrating that with others.Before beginning the RCIA program, he told his parents of his decision to become Catholic."I took them to the Hard Rock Café, and in the midst of very loud rock and roll music," saidO'Connor. "I told them I was going to be involved in this program next year, and explained tothem what is was."His father was supportive, but his mother had other ideas."My mother, on the other hand, her first reaction was, 'You are not going to become a priest,are you?'" said O'Connor. "After taking that to heart, I was like, 'No, Mom, I have no calling tobecome a priest; I don't want to become a priest.' 'Well you want babies don't you?' 'Yes Mom,I want lots and lots of babies.'"