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Sunday, April 11, 2004

I'm back. I spent the Triduum and the Easter Vigil with my "sponsee" -- that is, the convert I sponsored this year.

St. Mary's in New Haven is a beautiful church under any circumstances; for me, its beauty is always enhanced by the lingering presence of many things that have happened to me there, such as my own reception into the Church, my marriage (jurisdictionally speaking, at least -- the ceremony took place elsewhere), and the baptism of Number One Son.

From yesterday foreward, St. Mary's will also be consecrated for me by the image of the glorious child whom I sponsored as a new Catholic. The light in her eyes as she walked back to the pew with me after her first Communion will be with me in one shape or another to my last hour.