He also had some good insights into the potential for "converts" to have a condescending attitude towards cradle Catholics.
"Converts are often garrulously fluent about their faith in a way that impresses cradle Catholics. And yet what I’ve come to see is how often I’ve misjudged Catholics because they don’t talk about their faith in the same way I do. I don’t mean to suggest that many Catholics couldn’t benefit from a more thorough intellectual grounding in their faith. They could. But what I’ve discovered so often to my shame is a quiet consistency of life, worship, and behavior that makes my own seem paltry. Newman preached late in his life, “Perfection does not lie in heroic deeds, or in great fervor, or in anything extraordinary—many, even good men, are unequal—but in consistency. This is what old Catholics have when good, in opposition to converts.”
And good commentary also about the "trial of alienation" from friends and family who don't choose to also become Catholic.
Anyways, I thought it was an article worth passing on and reflecting on.
Update: I graduated from Notre Dame in May. I then proceeded to attend two weddings and travel around a fair bit. I am now in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, planning on living here with my parents through the fall for the next season of my life.