Suddenly my heart was touched and I BELIEVED....I was overcome with a sudden and overwhelming sense of the innocence and the eternal infancy of God--an inexpressible revelation.
When I have tried, as I often have, to reconstruct the minutes which followed this extraordinary moment, I have isolated the following elements which, however, simply formed a single flash of illumination, a single weapon which Divine Providence used to force an opening into the heart of a poor despairing child. "How happy the people are who can believe! Suppose it it were true, though? It is true! God exists. He is there. It's someone. It's a Being as personal as myself. He loves me and calls me."
Paul Claudel, "My Conversion"
Pilgrim Souls: A Collection of Spiritual Autobiographies
Ed. by Amy Mandelker and Elizabeth Powers (Simon and Schuster, 1999)