They glorified God in me”

I SAW thee once and nought discern’d

For stranger to admire;

A serious aspect, but it burn’d

With no unearthly fire

Again I saw, and I confess’d

Thy speech was rare and high;

And yet it vex’d my burden’d breast,

And scared, I knew not why.

I saw once more, and awe-struck gazed

On face, and form, and air:

God’s living glory round thee blazed –

A Saint – a Saint was there!

St John Henry Newman

O Lord, give me the grace to recognise God’s light and beauty in everyone I meet.

Teresa Jankowska (Oxford) March 2023