Christian initiation for baptism introduces the catechumen--a person receiving instruction in the Creed, Church and Sacraments--to a life devoted to Christ and prayer. During the period of instruction, which can take six months to over a year, it is understood that we are living, or trying to live, the life of reason before we can truly embark on the road to faith; faith builds on reason. Pope John Paul II said at the beginning of the encyclical letter Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason): "Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth-- in a word, to know oneself, so that by knowing and loving God men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves."
This can be done, he says, by learning to breathe deeply, which will also help us to live more comfortably, with less stress and more control over ourselves. Breathing, as one of our most individual acts, is also employed by God, he believes, to unite us with all of creation, an expression of the gift to life we have received. By learning to breathe deeply, we will, he says, raise the quality of our lives. Many are missing out on this useful method, believing they do not have sufficient leisure to slow the pace of their lives. He would like us to get rid of the fixed idea of needing to have more material goods, and find the time to slow down and experience and enjoy our inner life. This would be a good place to start for the catechumen on the way to a life of faith.