Mikael is a fellow from my RCIA class at St Mary’s. He, along with 22 others, was received into the Church on Easter Eve. Mikael is a big burly guy with shaved head and goatee. He’s a truck driver, veteran of the first Gulf War, and a former Baptist. He also makes the most amazing pipes (for smoking not for plumbing) for a hobby.

Mikael sent me his testimony, and doesn’t mind if I share it with you:

Any baptist that has claimed that the Lord is not present in the Catholic Church should have attended the Vigil mass. God’s presence was truly palpable. For the first time in my life I was not ashamed to cry like a child or want to hide my tears. When you blessed me with the oil I felt God’s warmth spread from my forehead to my toes. When I took the Eucurist I felt God’s peace spread inside me from my chest out. And the incense for the very first time smelled wonderful. I was thinking their should have been more incense; but then I looked up to the ceiling and saw a thick cloud. I then knew that something very special was happening. . . I was entering into the fullness of the church. I was finally home after being lost for my whole life. It was great to see God using you and the other priest as well as the alter severs and Deacons as his tools for spreading his peace and love. I could tell you and the rest of the clergy really ” get it “. And because of this, my first communion will be full of nothing but happy memories. Thank you so much for helping me with my journey home. You are not only my Priest, but a true friend who really cares. You, your wife, and family are truly blessed by god. And I find it a privilege to know you all.