During the ceremony, nothing affected me much; but at the moment of Benediction, though I was not kneeling like the congregation, I felt something deep within me as if I had found myself. It was like the prodigal son facing himself. I was automatically bowing my head. When I returned the following Friday, the same thing happened; and I thought of becoming a Catholic.
Servant of God Hermann Cohen
Father Augustine-Mary of the Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D.
Letter to Chevalier Charles Asnarez
Excerpt from the story of Cohen’s conversion
Tierney, T 2017, A Life of Hermann Cohen: From Franz Liszt to John of the Cross, Balboa Press, Bloomington, IN
Featured image: The Corpus Christi Procession in Seville was executed by Seville artist Manuel Cabral y Aguado Bejarano in 1857. This oil on canvas painting comes from the collection of the Museo del Prado in Madrid.