“In love with ambient blessedness”
While trying to put some order into my bookshelves, I came across Frank Sheed’s The Church and I, his somewhat autobiographical recollections of his “experience of the Church,” and now I can’t put it down. (The epigram is from G.K. Chesterton: “We’re all in the same boat, and we’re all seasick.) Before I move to another point in a separate post, I reproduce the lovely poem Sheed quotes from Siegfried Sasson describing the poet’s conversion:
This, then, brought our new making. Much emotional stress—
Call it conversion; but the word can’t cover such good.
It was like being in love with ambient blessedness—
In love with life transformed—life breathed afresh,
though yet half understood.
There had been many byways for the frustrate brain,
All leading to illusions lost and shrines forsaken…
One road before us now–one guidance for our gain—
One morning light—whatever the world’s weather—
Wherein wide eyed to waken.