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“I have seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry. . . I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites . . .”  Exodus 3:7–8
“And now our feet are standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem.” Psalm 122

But that’s a sacrilege,” the priest said flatly, after I described taking the Eucharist at St. Mary’s. 

Stunned and deeply offended, I didn’t know what to say. I was on the telephone with Father Keller, the interim pastor at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, who was organizing the RCIA class for the coming year. 

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