The Third MistakeAgain, being a people pleaser I had not asked him if he wanted to become a Catholic. He had told me he was Jewish, and I mistakenly for the second time thought I might offend a Jewish person. You would think that a person would not continue, continue to make the same mistake the third time.I visited a Jewish professor of the Institute of Advanced Science at Princeton University. For over 30 minutes he asked me about the Catholic Mass—what is it? What happens? What I believe happens. He patiently listened to my answers. I explained that I believe that Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, true God, true man, who on Holy Thursday at the termination of the Seder Meal took the Afikomen and cup of Elijah and changed them into His body and blood for us. Heaven and Earth then became joined. All who receive Communion are united to God and united to each other—a Unifying principle.
I never recall any student ever giving me such attention with such frequent questions. My student’s name was Dr. Albert Einstein of Mercer Street, Princeton. He asked me to send him all the books I could get on the Mass in German. He showed no rejection of the Trinity, of Christ, of my explanation of the Mass. But I never asked him if he’d like to become a Catholic. There are baptisms of water, blood, and desire--I hope he fulfilled it.