‘I prepare for death with a relaxed acceptance.’

Waiting room: following a cancer diagnosis, Michael Wright reflects on a life of exploration and discovery

'Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.’ | Photo: by Aron Visuals on Unsplash.

I grew up in a household that was strongly opposed to religious faith. As a teenager I was a troublesome presence in RE lessons. At sixteen I became so confident that I could demolish this house of cards that I set out on a personal programme of research to do so. Then, out of the blue, I had an extraordinary experience. I was overwhelmed by feelings of elation, of joy, of peace, a thrilling feeling of having been taken over by a power beyond myself. I thought the Hound of Heaven had caught up with me.

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